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Depp as Poisoned Russian Spy?

There are at least two projects in the works to be based on the life (though perhaps more importantly from a story telling aspect, the death) of Alexander Litvinenko, the KGB agent who died of mysterious radiation poisoning in November 2006.

Variety is reporting that Johnny Depp's production company, Infinitum Nihil, has acquired the rights to the story through Warner Brothers. Depp will certainly be tagged as a producer, though it's unclear at this stage if he will actually star. The Warner property is based on an unpublished (as in: still being written) book by Alan Cowell, head of the London bureau of the New York Times, to be titled "Sasha's Story: The Life and Death of a Russian Spy" and published in the United States by Doubleday.

Meanwhile, they're playing Dueling Banjos over at Columbia. The Hollywood Reporter checks in with the news that Michael Mann ("Miami Vice", "The Insider") is already attached to a feature, based on yet another forthcoming book, this one penned by Marina Litvenenko, the unfortunate KGB agent's widow, and a long-time friend, Alexander Goldfarb.

First, two Truman Capote movies, then two "Avatar" titled-movies, now this...

Posted by on January 13, 2007 4:23 PM
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