After winning in court Amber Heard, Johnny Depp, will direct a film for the first time in his 25-year career, it will be Modigliani, based on the artist’s story.
The actor will return behind the camera for “Modigliani,” a biographical drama about Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani. Al Pacino is producing the film along with Barry Navidi. IN.2, the European arm of production company Infinitum Nihil, is backing the film.
Based on Dennis McIntyre’s play of the same name and adapted for the screen by Jerzy and Mary Kromolowski, “Modigliani” takes place in 1916 Paris and tells the story of Italian painter and sculptor Amedeo Modigliani. According to the film’s release, Modigliani, “long considered a critical and commercial failure by himself, navigates a turbulent and eventful 48 hours that will become a turning point in his life, ultimately solidifying his reputation as artistic legend.
“The saga of the life of Mr. Modigliani is one that I am incredibly honored, and truly humbled, to bring to the screen,” Depp said in a statement. “It was a life of great hardship but eventual triumph, a universally human story that all viewers can relate to.”