Johnny Depp will direct his first film in 25 years – Music News
(Cover) – FR Music – Johnny Depp will step behind the camera for the first time in 25 years to direct Modigliani.
The Pirates of the Caribbean actor, who made his directorial debut with The Brave in 1997, will direct and produce a film about Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani.
“The saga of Mr. Modigliani’s life is a story that I am incredibly honored and truly honored to bring to the screen,” Depp said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “It was a life of great hardship, but eventual triumph – a universally human story that all viewers can relate to.”
Depp will also executive produce the film alongside veteran actor Al Pacino and producer Barry Navidi, and the project will begin filming in the spring of 2023.
“This project is close to Al’s heart. Al introduced me to the Modigliani piece many years ago and I immediately fell in love with it,” Navidi added. “It’s a slice of Modi’s life and not a biography. It was a dream of mine to work with Johnny again – he’s a true artist with an incredible vision to bring this beautiful story to the screen.”
The film is based on the play of the same name by Dennis McIntyre and was adapted for the screen by Jerzy and Mary Kromolowski.
The story is set in Paris in 1916. The painter and sculptor navigates an eventful and eventful 48 hours that will become a turning point in his life, ultimately solidifying his reputation as an artistic legend.
Depp’s personal life has overtaken his professional career in recent years due to two high-profile court cases involving his ex-wife Amber Heard. The second ended in June, when a jury found Heard liable for defaming Depp in a 2018 op-ed and awarded him more than $10m (£8.2m).
However, Depp has managed to find projects in Europe and recently started filming French director Maïwenn’s Jeanne du Barry, in which he plays King Louis XV.