Hollywood star Johnny Depp is set to direct a movie for the first time in a quarter of a century.
The acclaimed actor will return behind the camera for “Modigliani”, a biographical about Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani.
Al Pacino is producing the movie alongside Barry Navidi. IN.2, the European arm of production company Infinitum Nihil, is backing the project.
The movie is based on Dennis McIntyre’s play of the same name and adapted for screen by Jerzy and Mary Kromolowski.
“Modigliani” takes place in 1916 Paris and tells the story of the Italian-born painter and sculptor Amedeo Modigliani.
The project is long considered by Modigliani himself a critical and commercial failure, navigates a turbulent and eventful 48 hours that will become a turning point in his life, ultimately solidifying his reputation as an artistic legend.
“The saga of Mr. Modigliani’s life is one that I’m incredibly honored and truly humbled, to bring to the screen. It was a life of great hardship, but eventual triumph — a universally human story all viewers can identify with,” Depp said in a statement.
The movie is Depp’s latest project he takes on in the wake of his highly publicized defamation trial against ex-wife Amber Heard.
In June, the jury found that Heard had defamed Depp in her 2018 Washington Post op-ed she wrote about her experience with domestic abuse and described herself as “a public figure representing domestic abuse”.
The jury also found that Depp defamed Heard, through his attorney, while fighting back against her charges.
Despite Hollywood having steered clear of Depp, he has been able to find work with European production companies.
The acclaimed actor is set to star as the controversial King Louis XV in the upcoming French historical romance “Jeanne du Barry”, a historical romance drama about a royal’s concubine.
Depp made his last cinematic appearance in the 2020 movie “Minamata“.