First of all, don't worry, Johnny Depp isn't retiring anytime soon. But in a recent interview with Fox News he was asked about retirement and if he thought he's coming to a point in his career where it's time to start thinking about walking away into the sunset.
He has no plans of quitting the business anytime soon, but reveals the type of role he wants to play before he does end up calling it quits.
I'm going to have to play (King) Leer [sic] or (Don) Quixote or something. It would have to be something like that. And then just walk away.
So he pretty much wants to go out playing a freakin' incredible character. The report also goes on to talk about two other film projects that Depp is trying to get off the ground. They would be adaptations of his favorite books. One of them is an adaptation of JP Donleavy's The Ginger Man which he's been working on for several years now. He says that adaptation is still in the works and an exciting possiblity. He also revealed that he wants to make a film version of Tom Robbins' novel Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates, which sounds pretty freakin' awesome and perfect for Depp.
Here's the book description for The Ginger Man:
First published in 1955 and originally banned in America, this reprint is part of a series of reissues of works by this incomparable author, whom Joseph Heller has called "one of the most accomplished and original writers of our time."
It follows the often racy misadventures of Sebastian Dangerfield, a young American living in Dublin with his English wife and infant daughter and studying law at Trinity College.
This book may be considered part of the fictionalised roar of the end of the Second World War hiatus, also represented by the colossi of American literature: John Dos Passos, Ernest Hemingway and John Steinbeck. Dangerfield is an American Protestant of Irish descent, commonly believed to be a thinly fictionalised version of the author, but is more broadly based not only on Donleavy but also some of his contemporaries at Trinity. The hero, Dangerfield, is a portrayal of lifelong bohemian and friend of Donleavy, Gainor Stephen Crist, as told by the author in "A History of The Ginger Man".
The book gives us the map of the terra incognita of late 1950s sexual encounters in Dublin.
Here's the book description for Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates:
Switters is a contradiction for all seasons: an anarchist who works for the government; a pacifist who carries a gun; a vegetarian who sops up ham gravy; a cyberwhiz who hates computers; a man who, though obsessed with the preservation of innocence, is aching to deflower his high-school-age stepsister (only to become equally enamored of a nun ten years his senior).
Yet there is nothing remotely wishy-washy about Switters. He doesn't merely pack a pistol. He is a pistol. And as we dog Switters's strangely elevated heels across four continents, in and out of love and danger, discovering in the process the "true" Third Secret of Fatima, we experience Tom Robbins -- that fearless storyteller, spiritual renegade, and verbal break dancer -- at the top of his game.
On one level this is a fast-paced CIA adventure story with comic overtones; on another it's a serious novel of ideas that brings the Big Picture into unexpected focus; but perhaps more than anything else, Fierce Invalids is a sexy celebration of language and life.
Depp is entertaining to watch in the films he makes, so hopefully he gets a chance to makes the films he wants to make.