Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins, has announced its partnership with actor Johnny Depp for a new publishing imprint, the predictably Goth-ishly named Infinitum Nihil. The imprint, Latin for “Hasn’t been edgy since Ed Wood,” is to publish Douglas Brinkley’s Unraveled Tales of Bob Dylan. Mr. Brinkley, a noted historian, profiled Mr. Depp for Vanity Fair in 2009. Mr. Brinkley will also be collaborating with Mr. Depp on an essay introducing Woody Guthrie’s novel House of Earth, completed in 1947 but not heretofore published.
In a statement released by HarperCollins, Mr. Depp said: “I pledge, on behalf of Infinitum Nihil, that we will do our best to deliver publications worthy of peoples’ time, of peoples’ concern. Publications that might ordinarily never have breached the parapet. For this dream realized, we would like to salute HarperCollins for their faith in us and look forward to a long and fruitful relationship together.”
Mr. Depp was last seen onscreen in Dark Shadows, his eighth film with Tim Burton; he will next be seen as Tonto in The Lone Ranger.