Johnny Depp to Direct First Movie in 25 Years; Al Pacino Co-Producing ‘Modigliani’ Biopic About Italian Artist (Exclusive)

Johnny Depp has produced his first film directing series in 25 years. The Hollywood Reporter can reveal

A quarter of a century after directing himself and Marlon Brando in 1997 braveDepp is set to step behind the camera for his feature directorial debut ModiglianiAbout Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani, and will co-produce with Al Pacino and Barry Navidi.

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Based on the play by Dennis McIntyre and adapted for the screen by Jerzy and Mary Chromolowski, The film will tell the story of a painter and sculptor in 1916 Paris. Long considered a critical and commercial failure himself, Modigliani navigates a turbulent and eventful 48 hours that will become a turning point in his life, ultimately cementing his reputation. Artistic legend. THR It is understood that production is set to begin in Europe in the spring of 2023, with casting to be revealed soon.

“The saga of Mr. Modigliani’s life is one that I am incredibly honored and truly humbled to bring to the screen,” said Depp, who is producing for IN.2, the European arm of his production company Infinitum Nihil. “It was a life of hardship, but triumph in the end – a universal human story that all audiences can identify with.”

Modigliani It marks another European project for Depp as he distances himself from his recent and serious defamation lawsuit against ex-wife Amber Heard. He is also playing the role of King Louis XV in French director Maven’s historical love story Jeanne du Barrywhich began shooting in late July and is Depp’s first feature in three years.

The film also marks the next collaboration between Pacino and Navidi, who have previously worked together on features including this one. Merchant of Venice (2004), Wild Salome (2011) and salome (2013). Both IN.2 and Depp produce side by side.

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

Although he is best known for his on-screen roles, Depp has produced 10 films, including 2011’s Hugo And, most recently, 2020 Gold’s Crock: A few rounds with Shane McGowan.

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