Johnny Depp and Tom Fontana developing a Shakespeare TV series
Depp's production company, Infinitum Nihil, and Fontana are working with Swedish company Yellow Bird Productions (which is behind the original adaptations of "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" and its sequels) on the project, Deadline reports. Writer Randall Fontana (no relation to Tom) will pen the script.
It's not clear how the series will be structured, or how it will use the source material. Deadline describes the project this way: "a modern take on the plays of The Bard, building on the existing characters and plots from several of his most notable plays."
That could mean ... almost anything, really. Adaptations of the plays in a contemporary setting? Shakespeare characters transported to the present day? Romeo and Hamlet teaming up to fight crime? It's apparently all on the table.
The Shakespeare series will be Depp's first TV project as a producer. Tom Fontana is currently executive producing "Copper," which he also co-created, for BBC America; his credits also include "Homicide," "The Philanthropist," "The Bedford Diaries" and "Oz."