Johnny Depp is reported to be planning on making a film about the death of Alexander Litvinenko, the Russian spy who died last year after being mysteriously poisoned.

According to Hollywood newspaper Variety, the rights to Alan Cowell's forthcoming novel Sasha's Story: The Life and Death of a Russian Spy have been bought by Warner Bros for Depp's production company Infinitum Nihil to develop on screen.

Under the terms of Infinitum Nihil projects, Depp could both produce and star in the film.

Cowell, who works as the New York Times London bureau chief, has been covering the events surrounding Litvinenko's death since the Russian spy was poisoned with polonium-210 in November.

He is due to take leave to write the book, Variety adds, which is expected to be published later this year. As well as looking at Litvinenko's life and poisoning Cowell will cover issues about nuclear proliferation and international terrorism.

Events surrounding Litvinenko's tragic death raise numerous intriguing questions; the investigation into the circumstances has led British officials to Russia and numerous locations throughout London.

Before his death Litvinenko claimed that Russian president Vladimir Putin's regime was to blame for his poisoning  claims vigorously denied by the Kremlin.

12/01/2007 11:32:32