Johnny Depp and old Weisbecker-collaborator Michael Mann (Collateral, Miami Vice, Heat) are reportedly discussing a collaboration on Mann’s depression-era crime project, with Depp interested in the role of John Dillinger.

Mann has long been interested in mounting a screen adaptation of Brian Burrough’s nonfiction book "Public Enemies: America’s Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933-34" for Universal.

As for Depp, he was to have starred in Warner/Initial Entertainment’s "Shantaram" followed by Warner Independent’s "The Rum Diaries," but both of those projects were postponed last month, leaving the star with an opening in his schedule. [Hollywood Reporter]

Johnny Freakin’ Depp – guys gets to choose between a Michael Mann 30s gangster picture and a Hunter S. Thompson adaptation (nerd boner… rising…).  What a life, this kid, huh?  He reminds me so much of myself – every day I have to choose between self loathing and getting piss drunk at the park, so I’d like to think I know a little something about attractive options.

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