Johnny Depp to Direct Amedeo Modigliani Biopic

Lower than every week after retailers reported Johnny Depp’s first movie function in three years, the actor has one other venture lined up — this time, behind the digicam. On Aug. 15, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Depp is about to direct “Modigliani,” a biographical drama about Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani. It can mark Depp’s first time directing a film in 25 years. He final directed himself and Marlon Brando in 1997’s “The Courageous,” which marked his function directorial debut.

“Modigliani,” coproduced by Al Pacino and Barry Navidi, relies on author Dennis McIntyre’s three-act 1980 play of the identical title. The story, which takes place in 1916, follows the lifetime of the painter/sculptor, who, in keeping with The Hollywood Reporter, “lengthy thought of by himself a essential and business failure, navigates a turbulent and eventful 48 hours that may develop into a turning level in his life, finally solidifying his fame as a creative legend.” The outlet additionally famous that the forthcoming film is predicted to start out manufacturing within the spring of 2023.

Depp’s different present Hollywood venture includes portraying the controversial King Louis XV in an upcoming French interval drama titled “Jeanne du Barry.” In response to Deadline, manufacturing on the movie kicked off on July 26, just a little over a month after Depp’s defamation trial towards ex-wife Amber Heard concluded.

On June 1, Virginia’s Fairfax County Circuit Courtroom discovered Heard chargeable for defamation, which prompted a jury to award Depp $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages, NBC reported. Nevertheless, jurors additionally discovered Depp chargeable for defamation for one assertion, so Heard was, in flip, awarded $2 million in compensatory damages.

Depp launched a press release on social media after the trial, which learn: “Six years in the past, my life, the lifetime of my kids, the lives of these closest to me, and in addition, the lives of the folks, who for a lot of, a few years have supported and believed in me have been modified without end . . . False, very severe and prison allegations have been levied at me through the media, which triggered an infinite barrage of hateful content material, though no fees have been introduced towards me . . . six years later, the jury gave me my life again. I’m actually humbled.”

Heard additionally issued her personal assertion on Instagram, during which she wrote, “The frustration I really feel in the present day is past phrases. I am heartbroken that the mountain of proof nonetheless was not sufficient to face as much as the disproportionate energy, affect, and sway of my ex-husband. . . . I am unhappy I misplaced this case. However I’m sadder nonetheless that I appear to have misplaced a proper I believed I had as an American — to talk freely and brazenly.”

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