Lifetime is developing a period drama series about The Hollywood Reporter founder William Wilkerson, which is being produced by Johnny Depp’s Infinitum Nihil and Graham King’s GK TV. The project, written by Rob Cooper (Stargate: Universe), chronicles the colorful life of Wilkerson, a compulsive gambler who started off as a film executive in New York; lost all his money on Black Friday; founded The Hollywood Reporter; launched a slew of Hollywood nightclubs, including Ciro’s; founded The Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas; and got entangled with the mob and had to go into hiding in France. “He was the original Don Draper,” GK TV president Craig Cegielski told British trade TBI, which broke the story. “He eventually became the conduit between the mob and Hollywood.” According to TBI, Depp may make a cameo appearance on the potential series, which seems a rather unorthodox choice for female-centric Lifetime. On the film side, Infinitum Nihil and GK Films are collaborating on the upcoming Hunter S. Thompson adaptation The Rum Diary starring Depp, who also toplined GK Films’ movies The Tourist and Rango.
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