Here we go: True crime documentaries are apparently giving away to celebrity scandal docs. Britney Spears got a couple, there’s a forthcoming documentary on the Janet Jackson “wardrobe malfunction”, there was that awful, ghoulish Brittany Murphy movie, and now it appears that Johnny Depp and Amber Heard will receive the documentary treatment.
Discovery+ has ordered up the two-part documentary series Johnny vs. Amber, which will track the “celebrity lawsuit of the decade.” Oh, and goodie: They’re going to both-sides Johnny Depp and Amber Heard. From THR:
“Johnny’s film will portray that he found himself married to a Machiavellian liar who would stop at nothing to protect her image. While Amber’s film explores how she married the man of her dreams only to see him turn into a violent drug-fueled monster.”
That’s just what we need, isn’t it? A documentary to stir up the Depp stans, arguably the most persistent, obstinate, and willfully oblivious fan base on the Internet, a fan base that regularly demands apologies from us for the way we have covered Depp and Heard usually based on flimsy evidence they find in Facebook conspiracy groups. Depp stans are like QAnon followers, only they’re not deluded into thinking that Democrats molest children, they’re under the delusion that Johnny Depp is some sort of wronged saint, a multimillionaire victim whose only crime is bringing joy to the world. Ahem. The only fan groups that rival it are the Barstoolies and those Royals who hate Meghan Markle.
“We think it’s a compellingly contemporary story on truth and lies that we hope will open up a conversation with our viewers on Discovery+,” said the network’s VP of entertainment. “Conversation”? Is that what she calls social media poo-flinging?