Johnny Depp hasn’t necessarily enjoyed 2012 so far.
“Dark Shadows,” Depp’s eighth collaboration with Tim Burton, earned just $76 million in North America following its release in May (the film was a bigger hit overseas, grossing $156 million); “The Lone Ranger,” Depp’s upcoming fifth collaboration with Gore Verbinski, has reportedly seen its budget balloon to $250 million, pushing some inside sources to call the film “out of control”; “The Thin Man,” Depp’s scheduled second collaboration with Rob Marshall, seemingly fell apart — with Marshall moving on to another project and Warner Bros. not yet greenlighting the expensive period remake.
Then there’s his personal life: Back in June, Depp announced that he had split from his long time girlfriend, Vanessa Paradis, after 14 years together. The pair have two children.
All of which is to say: Depp needs a bit of a comeback. And judging from two potential new projects, he might have found one.
According to TwitchFilm, Depp has been approached by none other than Wes Anderson to appear in the director’s next film. Depp could potentially join a cast that would include Anderson favorites Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Jeff Goldblum, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe and Edward Norton, as well as Jude Law and Angela Lansbury. In an interview with Vulture earlier this year, Anderson said that the film was set in Europe and that he co-wrote the project with a friend who wasn’t in the film industry.
That’s not all for Depp. According to the New York Times, Depp will co-edit House of Earth, an unpublished novel from singer Woody Guthrie. The famed folk artist wrote the story back in 1947.
This return to the off-center, indie-ish roots of his past doesn’t mean Depp is leaving Hollywood blockbusters behind. Despite budget woes, “The Lone Ranger” will arrive in theaters next summer; Depp could also star in another “Pirates of the Caribbean” film should one ever get off the ground at Disney.