Hollywood actor Johnny Depp is set to don the director’s hat again for the first time since 1997 The brave oneas he will direct a biopic about the Italian painter Amedeo Modigliani.
Johnny Depp will direct the first film in 25 years. will co-produce Modigliani biopic with Al Pacino
According to The Hollywood Reporter, based on the play by Dennis McIntyre and adapted for the screen by Jerzy and Mary Kromolowski, the film will tell the story of the painter and sculptor in Paris in 1916. Considered by himself a critical and commercial failure, Modigliani goes through a tumultuous and eventful 48 hours that will be a turning point in his life, ultimately cementing his reputation as an artistic legend.
Production is set to begin in Europe in spring 2023, with casting to be revealed soon. Depp will co-produce the biopic alongside Al Pacino and Barry Navidi. “The saga of Mr. Modigliani’s life is one that I am incredibly honored, and truly humbled, to bring to the screen,” said Depp. “It was a life of great hardship but ultimately triumph – a universal human story that all viewers can relate to.”
Johnny Depp had previously directed The brave one, in which he also starred as a Native American named Raphael. He has since directed a number of music videos, most notably for French singer Vanessa Paradis. Modigliani marks another European project for Depp as he tries to bounce back from his recent defamation lawsuit, which he eventually won, against ex-wife Amber Heard.
He is currently filming Jeanne du Barry in which he plays the controversial French king Louis XV. Modigliani it also marks the next collaboration between Pacino and Navidi, who have previously collaborated on features such as The Merchant of Venice (2004), Wilde Salomé (2011) and Salome (2013). “This project was very close to Al’s heart,” Navidi said.
“Al introduced me to Modigliani work many years ago and I immediately fell in love with it. This is a slice of Modi’s life and not a biography. It has been my dream to work with Johnny again — he is a true artist with an amazing vision to bring this great story to the screen.” Pacino said in a statement to THR, “Depp and I have been involved in this project for many years. We begin principal photography in the spring of 2023.”
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