Johnny Depp has returned to directing with the upcoming independent film “Modi,” a biopic centered around Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani during World War I. Al Pacino, who worked with Depp in the past, played a pivotal role in convincing Depp to take on the director’s chair for the first time since 1997’s “The Brave.”
In a statement, the 60-year-old Depp expressed gratitude to the cast, crew, and producers, highlighting Pacino’s influence in making the film. Depp acknowledged Pacino’s request to direct “Modi,” emphasizing the collaborative spirit of independent filmmaking. The film is currently in post-production and features Riccardo Scamarcio as Modigliani, with a supporting cast including Antonia Desplat, Stephen Graham, and Sally Phillips.
The movie unfolds over 48 hours in war-torn Paris, capturing Modigliani’s chaotic journey as he navigates the city’s streets and bars. On the run from the police and contemplating leaving the city, Modigliani faces challenges from fellow Bohemians and a collector who could alter his life.
This project marks Depp’s notable return to the film industry following his legal battles, including a 2022 defamation lawsuit against ex-wife Amber Heard. Depp emerged victorious, receiving over $10 million in damages. The film also signals Depp’s return to the director’s chair after his last appearance in “Jeanne du Barry” at the Cannes Film Festival in 2023.
The collaboration with Al Pacino, who portrays real-life French art collector Maurice Gangnat in “Modi,” has reignited Depp’s directorial passion, showcasing the transformative and fulfilling experience of embarking on this cinematic journey. The behind-the-scenes pictures released give a glimpse into the making of the film, building anticipation for its unique and compelling story set to captivate audiences worldwide.