Johnny Depp to Direct ‘Modigliani’ Biopic About Italian Artist – The Hollywood Reporter


Johnny Depp has lined up his first movie directing gig in 25 years, The Hollywood Reporter can reveal.

1 / 4 of a century after he directed each himself and Marlon Brando in 1997’s The Brave, his function directorial debut, Depp is about to get behind the digital camera for Modigliani, about Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani, and can co-produce alongside Al Pacino and Barry Navidi.

Based on the play by Dennis McIntyre and tailored for the display by Jerzy and Mary Kromolowskithe movie will inform the story of the painter and sculptor in Paris in 1916. Long thought of by himself a vital and industrial failure, Modigliani navigates a turbulent and eventful 48 hours that can grow to be a turning level in his life, finally solidifying his popularity as an inventive legend. THR understands that manufacturing is about to begin in Europe within the spring of 2023, with casting to be revealed shortly.

“The saga of Mr. Modigliani’s life is one that I’m incredibly honored, and truly humbled, to bring to the screen,” stated Depp, who produces for IN.2, the European arm of his manufacturing firm Infinitum Nihil. “It was a life of great hardship, but eventual triumph — a universally human story all viewers can identify with.”

Modigliani marks one other European undertaking for Depp as he tries to make a profession return following- his latest and bruising defamation trial in opposition to ex-wife Amber Heard. The 59-year-old star of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise gained a $50 million defamation trial in opposition to Heard earlier this 12 months. In an op-ed for the Washington Post in 2018, she described her experiences with home abuse and, whereas not naming Depp, his authorized staff argued that it implied he was abusive over the course of their relationship, one thing he fiercely denied. The jury ultimately present in his favor and awarded the actor $10 million, whereas Heard, 36, gained certainly one of her countersuit claims and was awarded $2 million. Heard is now set to lodge an enchantment and has revamped her authorized staff forward of the transfer.

Alongside the Modigliani biopic, Depp can also be enjoying King Louis XV in French director Maïwenn’s historic love story Jeanne du Barry, which began taking pictures in late July and is Depp’s first function in three years.

The movie additionally marks the following collaboration between Pacino and Navidi, who’ve beforehand labored collectively on options together with The Merchant of Venice (2004), Wilde Salomé (2011) and Salomé (2013). Both produce alongside IN.2 and Depp.

“This project has been very close to Al’s heart. Al introduced me to the play Modigliani many years ago and I instantly fell in love with it,” stated Navidi. “This is a slice of Modi’s life and not a bio. It’s been a dream of mine to work with Johnny again — he’s a true artist with an amazing vision to bring this great story to the screen.”

Said Pacino in a press release emailed to The Hollywood Reporter, “We’ve been involved with Depp on this project for a number of years. We start principal photography in the Spring 2023.”

Although he’s greatest recognized for his onscreen roles, Depp has produced 10 movies, together with 2011’s Hugo and, most lately, 2020’s Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds With Shane MacGowan.

Aug 15, 3:40 p.m. Updated to embody a assertion from Al Pacino.

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