Johnny Depp is set to direct a movie for the first time in 25 years.
Depp will return behind the camera for “Modigliani,” a biographical drama about Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani.
Johnny Depp Set To Direct First Movie In 25 Years
Al Pacino is producing the film along with Barry Navidi. IN.2, the European arm of production company Infinitum Nihil, is backing the film.
Based on Dennis McIntyre’s play of the same name and adapted for screen by Jerzy and Mary Kromolowski, “Modigliani” takes place in 1916 Paris and tells the story of the Italian-born painter and sculptor Amedeo Modigliani. Per the film’s release, Modigliani, “long considered by himself a critical and commercial failure, navigates a turbulent and eventful 48 hours that will become a turning point in his life, ultimately solidifying his reputation as an artistic legend.”
“The saga of Mr. Modigliani’s life is one that I’m incredibly honored, and truly humbled, to bring to the screen,” Depp said in a statement.
“It was a life of great hardship, but eventual triumph — a universally human story all viewers can identify with.”
The movie is believed to be Depp’s latest effort to revamp his career following his highly publicized defamation trial against ex-wife Amber Heard.
The jury found that Heard had defamed Depp in her 2018 Washington Post opinion piece, which alluded to being a victim of domestic violence. However, the jury also found that Depp defamed Heard, through his attorney, while fighting back against her charges.
And while Hollywood has taken a hiatus from Depp, he’s been able to find work with European production companies. He’s also starring as the controversial King Louis XV in French filmmaker Maïwenn’s upcoming film “Jeanne du Barry,” a historical romance drama about a royal’s concubine.
“Jeanne du Barry” will be Depp’s first major acting role since the 2020 independent film “Minamata,” in which he played war photographer W. Eugene Smith.
That same year, Depp was forced by Warner Bros. to exit the “Harry Potter” spinoff series “Fantastic Beasts” after he lost his libel case against the British tabloid The Sun, which had called Depp as a “wife beater.” Madds Mikkelson replaced Depp as dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald in 2022’s “Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore.”
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