Johnny Depp to Direct His First Film in 25 Years

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Johnny Depp will be directing a motion picture for the first time in twenty-five years.

For “Modigliani,” a biographical film on Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani, the actor will make a comeback behind the camera. Barry Navidi and Al Pacino are producing the movie. The movie has the support of IN.2, the production company’s European division.

The film “Modigliani,” based on the same-named play by Dennis McIntyre and adapted for the cinema by Jerzy and Mary Kromolowski, is set in 1916 Paris and depicts the tale of the Italian-born painter and sculptor Amedeo Modigliani. Despite being “long considered by himself a critical and commercial failure,” Modigliani “navigates a chaotic and dramatic 48 hours that will constitute a turning point in his life, finally confirming his position as an artistic legend,” according to the film’s press kit. As it is a tale of struggle and success, Depp said the story is one that the audience can relate to.

Following his well-known defamation suit against his ex-wife, Johnny Depp is making his most recent attempt to relaunch his career with the film. The jury determined that Heard had slandered Depp in her 2018 Washington Post opinion piece, in which she made references to having experienced domestic abuse. Nevertheless, the jury discovered that Depp defended Heard by disparaging her through his lawyer.

Depp has been able to find work with European production companies even while Hollywood has shunned him. In the upcoming French film “Jeanne du Barry,” a historical romance story about a royal concubine, he also stars as the contentious King Louis XV.

Johnny Depp making a return

Depp’s upcoming performance in “Jeanne du Barry” will be his first significant one since his part as war photographer W. Eugene Smith in the independent movie “Minamata” in 2020. After losing his libel battle against the British newspaper The Sun, which had referred to Depp as a “wife beater,” Warner Bros. ordered Depp to leave the “Harry Potter” spinoff series “Fantastic Beasts.” The dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald in the 2022 film “Fantastic Beast: The Secrets of Dumbledore” was played by Madds Mikkelson in place of Depp.

The Brave,” in which he co-starred with Marlon Brando, marked the actor’s directorial debut in 1997. After that, he is most remembered for his roles in “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Sweeney Todd” The neo-Western received negative reviews from critics and audiences alike; Variety’s review referred to the movie as “turgid and unreal.” Since that time, he hasn’t directed a movie but has produced (or executive produced) a number of films like “Hugo,” “The Lone Ranger,” and “Minimata.”

Additionally, the movie represents Pacino and Navidi’s fourth joint project; they previously collaborated on “The Merchant of Venice” (2004), “Wilde Salomé,” and “Salomé” (2013).