Johnny Depp will wear the director’s hat next year for the first time since 1997, when he directed a biopic about Italian painter Amedeo Modigliani.

Johnny Depp will return to the director’s chair for the first time in 25 years next year. The popular actor is directing a biopic about Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani, simply titled Modigliani. Reports suggest Johnny will also produce the film along with veteran actor Al Pacino. However, the cast has not yet been revealed and it is not certain whether Johnny will star in it or not. Also read: The first look of Johnny Depp’s Jeanne du Barry revealed. See his picture as King Louis XV

Amedeo Modigliani was an Italian painter who gained fame largely posthumously. His style was not well received during his lifetime and he considered himself a failure both critically and commercially. It was only after his death in 1920 that his creations became highly sought after throughout Europe.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, based on the play by Dennis McIntyre and made into a film by Jerzy and Mary Kromolowski, the film will be a retelling of the life story of the famous painter, who lived in Paris in the early 20th century. “The saga of the life of Mr. Modigliani is one that I feel incredibly honored and really humbled to bring to the screen. It was a life of great hardship, but ultimately triumph – a universal human story with which all viewers can identify,” said Johnny of his involvement in the project.

According to the report, Johnny is producing the film for IN.2, the European arm of his production company Infinitum Nihil. Al Pacino and Barry Nividi are the co-producers. According to the report, production will start in France in the spring of next year. The cast will be announced sometime this year.

Johnny has directed only one film in his entire career – the 1997 release The Brave, in which he co-starred with Marlon Brando. The actor has also produced 11 films, including such blockbusters as Hugo. As an actor, Johnny will next be seen in the role of the French King Louis XV in the upcoming film Jeanne du Barry. This will be Johnny’s first release since his highly publicized defamation case against ex-wife Amber Heard, which was closed in June.


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