Johnny Depp will soon be part of a new publishing imprint.
Depp has partnered with HarperCollins to create the imprint Infinitum Nihil, which already has several releases planned, including a biography of Bob Dylan written by historian Douglas Brinkley which will be released in 2015.
Besides “The Unraveled Tales of Bob Dylan,” which will partially be based on interviews with the singer, Infinitum Nihil plans to release a novel by Woody Guthrie in January titled “House of Earth” which will center on residents of the Texas Panhandle. The novel is being published in collaboration with Guthrie’s daughter Nora and the Woody Guthrie Foundation.
“I pledge, on behalf of Infinitum Nihil, that we will do our best to deliver publications worthy of peoples' time, of peoples' concern, publications that might ordinarily never have breached the parapet," Depp said in a statement. "For this dream realized, we would like to salute HarperCollins for their faith in us and look forward to a long and fruitful relationship together.”
Brinkley said he and Depp had thought the Dylan biography was the perfect book to be the first release under the imprint.
“Bob has been very warm and forthcoming with us," Brinkley said of writing the book. "His music has inspired us both deeply since we were teenagers.”
Brinkley and Depp had worked together previously on liner notes for “Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson,” a documentary on the journalist who was a close friend of Depp’s and for whom Brinkley served as literary executor.
Depp is best known for his film appearances in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise and for his collaborations with director Tim Burton, including “Edward Scissorhands,” “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” and “Alice in Wonderland.” He has been nominated three times for a Best Actor Academy Award and will next be seen in “The Lone Ranger” as the hero’s sidekick Tonto.