Life is smiling strongly at Depp, and after what could easily have been the worst stage of his career, Johnny Depp returns to the cinema, and not only as an actor but also as a director.
The trial against his ex-wife, Amber Heard, brought a lot of headlines that did not leave either of them in a good place, but after having defeated the actress in court, Depp will direct for the first time in his 25-year career a movie.
The American is shooting his next film in which he will star as none other than the French king Louis XV, although among his close agenda is sitting behind the cameras for his first film as a director: “Modi”, a biopic on the early 20th century Italian painter Amedeo Modigliani.
Not only will he co-produce the film alone, but he will also co-produce it with Barry Navidi and Al Pacino, the European arm of production company Infinitum Nihil. “The saga of Mr. Modigliani’s life is one that I am incredibly honored, and truly humbled, to bring to the screen. It was a life of great hardship, but ultimate triumph, a human experience that all viewers can relate to,” Johnny Depp said in a statement.
Based on the namesake play by Dennis McIntyre and adapted for the screen by Mary and Jerzy Kromolowski, “Modigliani” takes place in 1916 Paris and tells the story of Italian sculptor and painter Amedeo Modigliani.
The project aims to shoot in 2023, and it is not yet known if Johnny Depp will also act in the film. Amedeo Modigliani was already the subject of a biographical film in 2004 starring Andy García (Cuban American actor).
Although there is still time to start the project, everything indicates that it will be a most ambitious film.
Article: Andrea Esteban