This has got to be the coolest news to come out of the publishing industry since Stephen King started a band (wait, was that nerdy or cool? I can’t tell the difference).
According to the AP, Depp is launching an imprint called Infinitum Nihil, which can mean “nothing is forever” or “infinite nothing,” depending on the translation. He’s quoted as saying he’s looking for “authentic, outspoken and visionary ideas and voices … publications worthy of peoples’ time, of peoples’ concern, publications that might ordinarily never have breached the parapet.” Before he became an actor, Depp was a musician, so he may have a bias toward music-related books: one of the first books to be released by his imprint is a biography of Bob Dylan (scheduled for 2015).
However, as an actor, he’s played more than his fair share of debauched and/or insane writers, both real and imaginary. He played fictional writer Mort Rainey in the Stephen King adaptation, Secret Window; the real Earl of Rochester in The Libertine; playwright J.M. Barrie in Finding Neverland; and of course, the infamous Hunter S. Thompson in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and The Rum Diaries. Maybe in doing so, he’s absorbed some of what it’s like to be a writer, and how hard it is to be successful at it (and not lose your mind).
Knowing this, as well as Depp’s other unconventional sensibilities, it gives me high hopes for Infinitum Nihil.