Johnny Depp will return next year to direct a biographical film about Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani.
Here’s everything you need to know.
Johnny Depp directs first film in 25 years
The Hollywood Reporter first reported that Depp was working behind the scenes for his next film, Modigliana.
‘The story of Mr. Modigliani’s life is very honorable and truly humble to be able to bring to the screen,’ Depp said at the press conference.
He said, ‘It was a hard life, but in the end I was victorious… It is a universal human story that all viewers can relate to.”
The film is Depp’s latest effort to resume his career after a controversial defamation lawsuit against ex-wife and actress Amber Heard.
Although several Hollywood companies evaded Depp on allegations of domestic violence, he continued to work with European production companies.
Also, the 59-year-old star can be seen next in French filmmaker Maiwenn’s Jeanne du Barry. The historical romance film revolves around a royal concubine, with Depp portraying the controversial character of King Louis XV.
Johnny Depp joins Al Pacino to sign Modigliani
According to recent reports, Depp will work alongside Modigliani’s Al Pacino and Barry Navidi.
In addition, Pacino and Navidi will be co-producers of their next work.
Pacino and Navidi have previously collaborated with each other on several projects since 2004. They joined hands for The Merchant Of Venice in 2004, Wilde Salomé in 2011, and finally Salomé in 2013. Therefore, this film will be another collaboration between them.
Navidi spoke about his and Pacino’s involvement in Modigliani in a press release.
‘This project was very close to Al’s mind,’ he said. Al introduced the play Modigliani a few years ago and I immediately fell in love with it.’
Navidi continued, ‘This is part of Modi’s life, not his biography. It was my dream to work with Johnny again. Johnny is a true artist with an incredible vision to bring this great story to the screen.’
Reportedly, the film will be based on a play by Dennis McIntyre. It is a reconstruction of the life story of Amedeo Modigliani, who was honored after his death.
Amedeo lived in Paris during the 20th century and finds himself disappointing. His work became a success after his death in 1920.