Johnny Depp to direct the first film in 25 years with Al Pacino serving as a co-producer

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Johnny Depp is set to return next year as the director of a biopic about an Italian artist named Amedeo Modigliani.

Here’s everything you need to know.

Johnny Depp to direct first film in 25 years

The Hollywood Reporter first broke the news that Johnny Depp is gearing up behind the camera for an upcoming film simply titled Modigliani.

Depp revealed during a press conference: ‘The saga of Mr. Modigliani’s life is one that I am incredibly honored and truly humbled to bring to the screen.’

He added: ‘It’s been a life of hardship but ultimately triumph… a universally human story that all viewers can relate to.’

The film is Depp’s latest attempt to reboot his career following his controversial defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife and actress Amber Heard.

Although Depp was shunned by several Hollywood companies during the domestic violence allegations, he continued to work with European production companies.

In addition, the 59-year-old star will next be seen in the film Jeanne du Barry by French director Maïwenn. The historical romance film will revolve around a royal concubine, while Depp will portray the controversial King Louis XV.

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Johnny Depp to join forces with Al Pacino for Modigliani

According to the latest reports, Johnny Depp will work alongside Al Pacino and Barry Navidi for Modigliani.

Additionally, Pacino and Navidi will serve as co-producers on the upcoming film.

Pacino and Navidi have already worked together on several projects since 2004. They joined hands for 2004’s The Merchant Of Venice, 2011’s Wilde Salomé and most recently 2013’s Salomé. So this film will mark another collaboration between the two.

Navidi spoke about his and Pacino’s involvement with Modigliani during the press release.

He said: “This project was very close to Al’s heart. Al introduced me to the Modigliani game many years ago and I immediately fell in love with it.”

Navidi continued, “This is a slice of Modi’s life and not a biography. It was my dream to work with Johnny again – he is a true artist with an amazing vision to bring this great story to the screen.”

According to reports, the film will be based on the play by Dennis McIntyre. It will be a retelling of the life story of Amedeo Modigliani, who gained fame posthumously.

Amedeo lived in Paris in the 20th century and considers himself a disappointment. His work became a success after his death in 1920.

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