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Business News/ News / World/  Modigliani biopic to be directed by Johnny Depp; it's ‘very close’ to Al Pacino's heart

Modigliani biopic to be directed by Johnny Depp; it's ‘very close’ to Al Pacino's heart

Johnny Depp will direct the Modigliani biopic.

Actor Johnny Depp on April 27, 2022. (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo) (REUTERS)Premium
Actor Johnny Depp on April 27, 2022. (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo) (REUTERS)

Renowned actor Johnny Depp is set to make his return to directing with the biopic "Modi" about Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani, known as "Modi" to his friends. Depp will co-produce the film alongside Al Pacino and Barry Navidi.

The project, which will be introduced to buyers at Cannes, has already cast Riccardo Scamarcio as Modigliani, Pierre Niney as French artist Maurice Utrillo, and Pacino as art collector Gangnat. Production is scheduled to begin in Budapest this fall.

The film is based on Dennis McIntyre's play "Modigliani" and is written by Jerzy and Mary Kromolowski. It takes place over a 48-hour period and follows Modigliani as he tries to end his career and flee the city while being chased by the police.

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He seeks advice from his art dealer and friend Leopold Zborowski, but chaos ensues when he meets a collector who could change his life. The film aims to tell the story of the painter and sculptor in Paris in 1916 and highlight how a turbulent 48 hours became a turning point in his life and solidified his reputation as an artistic legend.

Depp, who is producing for his European production company IN.2 Films, is excited to bring this "universally human story" to the screen. Despite his recent, highly-publicised legal battle against ex-wife Amber Heard, Depp remains optimistic about the film and his career return. The film marks another European project for Depp, who is also playing King Louis XV in French director Maïwenn's historical love story "Jeanne du Barry".

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Barry Navidi, who has previously worked with Pacino on multiple features, including "The Merchant of Venice" and "Salomé", has described "Modi" as a project that is "very close to Al's heart." He says that it is "a slice of Modi's life and not a bio", and that it has been his dream to work with Johnny again.

With production set to start in Europe in the spring of 2023, more casting news is expected to follow. The film will be distributed internationally by The Veterans. Fans of Depp's directing work will be eagerly anticipating the release of "Modi" and the opportunity to see him back behind the camera for the first time since his 1997 feature directorial debut, "The Brave".

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Sounak Mukhopadhyay
Sounak Mukhopadhyay, who also goes by the name Sounak Mukherjee, has been producing digital news since 2012. He's worked for the International Business Times, The Inquisitr, and Moneycontrol in the past. He's also contributed to Free Press Journal and TheRichest with feature articles. He covers news for a wide range of subjects including business, finance, economy, politics and sports. Before working with digital news publications, he worked as a freelance content writer.
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Published: 11 May 2023, 02:10 PM IST
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