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Johnny Depp Getting Animated About Bukowski

2/13/2007 9:13 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Johnny Depp and Gabor CsupoBreaking News: Forget "Dead Man's Chest." Johnny Depp has just boarded a fascinating new film project called "How the Dead Love," an animated film that mines four short stories from the hard-living poet and quintessentially L.A. novelist, Charles Bukowski.

What's more, he's doing it with Gabor Csupo, the Hungarian-born animator and producer behind the first three seasons of "The Simpsons," as well as the subsequent Nickelodeon hit shows and movies "Rugrats" and "The Wild Thornberrys."

This weekend, Csupo's first-ever live action film, "Bridge to Teribithia," -- an adaptation of the family-friendly Katherine Paterson book of the same name -- will open nationwide for Fox and Walden Media. But he's not done with animation yet; Csupo's screenwriter on "Teribithia," Jeff Stockwell ("The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys), helped fashion the new "Dead Love" script, which was originally penned by another prototypical Angeleno novelist and screenwriter, Bruce Wagner ("I'm Losing You").

Bukowski would be proud, largely because "Dead" is not a Saturday morning cartoon. Csupo tells TMZ that "How the Dead Love" is very much for grown-ups and more akin in tone to R. Crumb's ribald '70s animation classic, "Fritz the Cat" than, say, the Thornberrys' family-friendly "Darwin the Chimp." (Crumb, fittingly, was a frequent Bukowski collaborator, illustrating such iconic books as "There's No Business" and "The Captain is Out to Lunch and the Sailors Have Taken Over the Ship").

Depp will voice the main character of the film, and will also produce it with Csupo via Depp's own production company, Infinitum Nihil, which is part of the Warner Bros.-based film finance company, Initial Entertainment.

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1.

Derek    

this is breaking news? meh?

2787 days ago
2.

thinkaboutit    

What?!? Johnnny Depp in an animated bukkake film? Guess Captain Jack Sparrow wants more than a slap in the face!

2787 days ago
3.

Puh der Baer    

Gabor Csupo also did "Duckman". Who can forget "Duckman" ??? Who??? Whooooo??????

2787 days ago
4.

TeesMyBody.com T-Shirts    

Sounds awesome! I'm pumped for the new Pirates. In fact I bought this t-shirt I'm gonna send to Depp: http://teesmybody.com/funny-t-shirt/ninjas-love-pirates-t-shirt.php

2787 days ago
5.

Sean Bresnahan    

Mr. Depp is one of the few contemporary film actors whose body of work will stand the test of time. While his colleagues continue to make tired remakes and bloated sequels, Depp continues to push the boundaries. Good for him...and for us!

2787 days ago
6.

We, are not amused.    

Ouch!
I hope he doesn't fu*ck this up Bukowski was a favorite of a whole generation of freaks growing up in the seedy underside of Los Angeles during the seventies.
You course you retards who have never READ a book, much less poetry wouldn't know who Bukowski was, thus the (okay, it was funny) bukkake reference!

2787 days ago
7.

tired of cry baby    

AND HOW IS THIS NEWS?? COME ON TMZ. HOW ABOUT JUST SHOWING MORE PICTURES OF ANNA NICOLES REFRIGE?? THATS NEWS, THIS IS NOT EVEN WATER COOLER TALK.

2787 days ago
8.

Lenn K    

First can Johnny Depp go back to France where the people are better as he says. Secondly, Can you for the love of God realize the world is still going forward and slow down on Anna Nicole Smith stuff, this is overkill.

2787 days ago
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~K.    

I don't think ANYTHING Johnny Depp does from here on out could be as terrible as the "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" What a horrible movie! At least to anyone that expected good acting and a coherent story! Captain Jack wasn't even funny, he was just there for stupid slap stick humor. I will not be paying to see the third.

Bring back the real (and funny) Captain Jack!

2787 days ago
10.

Mel    

Oh wow, I love Bukowski and Johnny Depp so this is great news!

I heard that a cd by the rock band lovedrug matches up perfectly to the movie edward scissor hands--but check this; you turn your ipod/cd player on shuffle. I think the cd is called everything starts where it ends.

2729 days ago

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