Johnny Depp set to direct first film in 25 years as he teams up with Al Pacino to create biopic

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Johnny Depp to direct the first film in 25 years as he teams up with co-producer Al Pacino to create a biopic about artist Amedeo Modigliani… following the libel trial of Amber Heard

  • Johnny Depp to Direct His First Movie in 25 Years as He Returns to Hollywood After His Defamation Trial of Ex-Wife Amber Heard
  • The 59-year-old actor is directing the film Modigliani, a biopic about Italian painter and sculptor Amedeo Modigliani, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
  • Production will begin in Europe in spring 2023 and casting will also be unveiled shortly, according to THR
  • The news of the film comes after Depp took on the role of King Louis XV in Jeanne Du Barry, his first film role since his defamation trial against Amber.

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Johnny Depp will direct his first film in 25 years as he returns to Hollywood after his defamation trial against ex-wife Amber Heard.

The 59-year-old actor is directing the film Modigliani, a biopic about the Italian painter and sculptor Amedeo Modigliani. The Hollywood Reporter.

Depp will co-produce the film with Al Pacino and Barry Navidi in what will be the first film he has made since making his directorial debut with the 1997 film The Brave.

Johnny Depp is set to direct his first movie in 25 years as he returns to Hollywood after his defamation trial of ex-wife Amber Heard;  pictured 2017

Johnny Depp is set to direct his first movie in 25 years as he returns to Hollywood after his defamation trial of ex-wife Amber Heard; pictured 2017

Modigliani, based on the play by Dennis McIntyre and adapted for the silver screen by Jerzy and Mary Kromolowski, follows the artist in 1916 in Paris.

Long regarded by himself as a critical and commercial failure, Modigliani is navigating a turbulent and eventful 48 hours that will be a turning point in his life and ultimately cement his reputation as an artistic legend.

Production will begin in Europe in the spring of 2023, and the casting will also be revealed soon, according to THR.

“The saga of Mr. Modigliani’s life is one that I am incredibly honored and truly humbled to bring to the screen,” Depp told The Hollywood Reporter. “It was a life of great hardship, but ultimately triumph – a universal human story with which all viewers can identify.”

Co-producer!  Depp will co-produce the film with Al Pacino and Barry Navidi in what will be the first film he directs since the 1997 drama The Brave

Co-producer!  Depp will co-produce the film with Al Pacino and Barry Navidi in what will be the first film he directs since the 1997 drama The Brave

Co-producer! Depp will co-produce the film with Al Pacino and Barry Navidi in what will be the first film he directs since the 1997 drama The Brave

The Edwards Scissorhands actor will produce the film through IN.2, the European arm of his production company Infinitum Nihil. Pacino and Navidi will co-produce the film with Depp and IN.2.

This isn’t the first time Pacino and Navidi have collaborated, with the duo also collaborating on The Merchant of Venice and Wilde Salomé.

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

The news of the film comes after Depp took on the role of King Louis XV in Jeanne Du Barry, his first film role since his defamation trial against Amber.

Trial: Jeanne Du Barry marks a return for Johnny after much of Hollywood blacklisted him over Amber's domestic abuse allegations (pictured June 2022)

Trial: Jeanne Du Barry marks a return for Johnny after much of Hollywood blacklisted him over Amber's domestic abuse allegations (pictured June 2022)

Trial: Jeanne Du Barry marks a return for Johnny after much of Hollywood blacklisted him over Amber’s domestic abuse allegations (pictured June 2022)

Jeanne Du Barry marks a return for Johnny after much of Hollywood blacklisted him over Amber’s domestic abuse allegations.

Filming on the project reportedly began in July — after the trial ended — and is expected to last 11 weeks, according to Deadline.

The story follows title character Jeanne, a working-class woman who climbs the social hierarchy of Paris and eventually comes to the attention of King Louis XV.

Jeanne Du Barry follows title character Jeanne, a working-class woman who climbs the social hierarchy of Paris and eventually comes to the attention of King Louis XV;  Depp depicted in character

Jeanne Du Barry follows title character Jeanne, a working-class woman who climbs the social hierarchy of Paris and eventually comes to the attention of King Louis XV;  Depp depicted in character

Jeanne Du Barry follows title character Jeanne, a working-class woman who climbs the social hierarchy of Paris and eventually comes to the attention of King Louis XV; Depp depicted in character

In 2020, a UK court ruled that 12 of the 14 violent incidents Amber claimed were “substantially true,” and Johnny was subsequently forced to resign from the “Fantastic Beasts” franchise at the request of Warner Bros.

But after his own libel suit against Amber in the US, in which he received $15 million, the star seems to be rekindling interest.

Johnny is reportedly in talks to star in another Pirates of the Caribbean movie and reprise his role as Captain Jack Sparrow after a $301 million bid from Disney.

According to reports, Johnny would have joked that he would not return to the Pirates franchise even if he was offered $300 million, leading to Disney offering him $1 million more than that.

His latest film, Minimata, about war photographer W. Eugene Smith, was released in 2020.

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