EXCLUSIVE: GK Films partners Graham King and Tim Headington have re-cemented one of GK Films’ most important relationships, re-upping Johnny Depp’s Infinitum Nihil production shingle for another three years. Depp signed his first deal with King in 2004. Under the new deal, GK Films will fully finance and co-produce film and TV projects hatched by Depp and Infinitum Nihil president Christi Dembrowski. Deal comes at as King and Headington are poised to expand their company in big ways. They’ve hired Sony Pictures honcho Peter Schlessel to become president, and they are establishing an independent film distribution unit that will be run by respected vet Bob Berney (King has not confirmed Berney will be coming aboard or that he’s starting a distribution unit).
Depp is all over GK’s current important projects, either as an actor or producer. He just starred with Angelina Jolie in the Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck-directed drama The Tourist, as well as in GK’s adaptation of Hunter Thomnpson’s The Rum Diary. Depp’s Infinitum Nihil is teamed with GK Films to produce the Martin Scorsese-directed Hugo Cabret, the 3D film which begins production shortly. Infinitum Nihil and GK are also producing Dark Shadows for Warner Bros, with Depp starring for director Tim Burton. Depp even provided the voice for the title character in Rango, the Gore Verbinski-directed animated film that King is producing with Verbinski’s Blind Wink Productions and John B. Carls for release by Paramount Pictures next March.