Johnny Depp has been in the hot seat as of late, with his Hollywood career in turmoil. Now, it seems that Depp is looking to change his fortunes by taking matters into his own hands.
In case you were not aware, Johnny Depp and ex-wife Amber Heard have been entangled in a lawsuit for quite some time after Heard claimed Depp abused her. Depp has claimed that her allegations are false and untrue, and now, the pair is in a $150 million battle that will come to a close next spring. Although Depp has not been convicted of any crime, he has seen the repercussions of Heard’s public allegations.
The actor lost a defamation battle against U.K. tabloid The Sun, which sided with Heard; he then also lost his appeal battle against the corporation. Since then, Depp has said that Hollywood has “boycotted” him. He lost his role as Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean films after Disney booted the actor from the franchise, as well as his role in the Fantastic Beasts franchise with Warner Bros.
It has since been said that Depp was looking to smaller studios for work and that their friend Tim Burton would cast him in a project, but we have yet to hear of any success for the actor. Most recently, Depp spoke on cancel culture, making a public declaration that stated no one is safe from it and that anyone can say anything, even untrue, that can take you down. The actor noted that cancel culture is out of control, and it seems like he is finding a way to ensure that he can continue to act, even if many are looking to “cancel” him.
It is being reported that Depp has started a U.K.-based production company. Variety stated:
American actor, producer and director Johnny Depp announced the launch of a new development fund for film and TV projects, headed by his own upstart London-based IN.2 Films and Adolfo Blanco’s A Contracorriente Films in Spain.
IN.2 is Depp’s newly-launched U.K.-based production house, a sister company to his L.A.-based Infinitum Nihil, which is courting original, stage and literature-based scripts for film, stage and television productions “focusing on European sensibility combined with American accessibility,” Depp and his partners explained during a San Sebastian press conference, which started with a crash and a screeching mike.
Depp will be joined by Producers Stephen Deuters (“Minamata”) and Stephen Malit (“Hector”). When discussing the new company, Depp explained it as:
“From the student to the maestro, from the aspiring artists to the yet-knowns, to the well-established great masters across all forms of modern media, IN.2 will build a space where artists can be artists, where they will be free to create those unexpected moments, those happy accidents that contain the propensity to constitute great art and so bring their unique vision to life.”
It seems that his company will look to take risks as the actor has stated that you cannot always play safe and that audiences are getting “bored.” Depp has also said that he would be “more than happy” to play a character in a film the company was producing if he felt connected to the role. The company is set to release a few projects over the next couple of years. Depp is not slated to appear in any of them, but as we can see, the actor is clearly willing and wanting to participate in his company in more ways than just a producer.
Although there may be fans who have turned away from Depp amid the surrounding allegations, Depp still has a massive army of loyal fans that will watch him in whatever project he participates in next.