Jack Thorne to pen script for Johnny Depp's Mortimer Wintergreen

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Based on the 1966–1971 gothic soap opera of the same name, this supernatural dramedy film is directed by Tim Burton and stars Johnny Depp as a 200-year-old vampire by the name of Barnabas Collins. After being imprisoned in an underground tomb, Collins is accidentally freed and returns to his ancestral home, where his dysfunctional descendants are in need of his protection. Michelle Pfeiffer plays the role of Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, Barnabas' cousin and the reclusive matriarch of the Collins family.
January 15th, 2013

Jack Thorne will write the script for Johnny Depp's 'Mortimer Wintergreen'.

The 'Skins' and 'This is England '86' scribe will pen the script for the Warner Bros. magical adventure film, which is being produced by Johnny's Infinitum Nihil production company, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The project - which is set to be directed by 'Nanny McPhee Returns' helmer Susanna White - is an adaptation of the 1987 Myron Levoy novel, 'The Magic Hat of Mortimer Wintergreen', about two young siblings who run away from their cruel aunt and go on adventures with the titular magician and his magic hat.

The 'Dark Shadows' actor may star in the film depending on his availability and script approval, it is reported.

Warner Bros. was said to have been developing a version of the film in which the title character is a conman who stumbles upon the hat and attempts to keep it out of the hands of a band of villains who want to exploit its magic.

Jack's previous credits include British TV series 'Skins', 'This is England '86', its sequel, 'This is England '86', and 'The Fades'.

The writer also penned the script for Nick Hornby adaptation, 'A Long Way Down', starring Rosamund Pike, Aaron Paul, Pierce Brosnan and Toni Collette, which is due for release this year.