Johnny Depp To Direct “Life of Great Hardship” by Amedeo Modigliani
While Amber Heard gets a pornographic role offer, it has been twenty-five years since Johnny Depp directed a motion picture.
For Modigliani, a biographical drama on Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani, the actor will make a comeback behind the camera.
The film is being produced by Barry Navidi and Al Pacino. The film has the support of IN.2, the production company’s European division.
The film Modigliani, which was based on the same-named play by Dennis McIntyre and was adapted for the screen by Jerzy and Mary Kromolowski, is set in 1916 Paris and chronicles 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.
Depp stated that he is immensely honoured and profoundly humbled, to bring the story of Mr. Modigliani’s life to film. “It was a life of great hardship, but eventual triumph—a universally human story all viewers can identify with.”
Following his well-known defamation suit against his ex-wife Amber Heard, 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. The jury did discover, nevertheless, 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 historical romance drama Jeanne du Barry by French director Mawenn, about a royal concubine, he also plays the contentious King Louis XV.
Depp’s performance as war photographer W. Eugene Smith in the 2020 independent film Minamata marked his last significant acting job before Jeanne du Barry. After losing his libel action against the British tabloid 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 role of Gellert Grindelwald, the evil wizard, was taken over by Madds Mikkelson in the 2022 film Fantastic Beast: The Secrets of Dumbledore.
The Brave, in which he co-starred with Marlon Brando and is best known for playing in Pirates of the Caribbean and Sweeney Todd, marked the actor’s directorial debut in 1997. The neo-Western received negative reviews from critics and audiences alike; Variety’s review referred to the film as “turgid and unreal.” Since that time, he hasn’t directed a movie, but he has produced or executive produced a number of films like Hugo, The Lone Ranger, and Minimata.
The movie also represents Pacino and Navidi’s fourth joint project; they previously collaborated on The Merchant of Venice (2004), Wilde Salomé (2011), and Salomé (2013).