Johnny Depp 'honoured' and 'humbled' to direct film about Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani

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Johnny Depp is set to direct his first film in 25 years.

The actor, who made his directorial debut with the 1997 film The Brave, will helm Modigliani, an upcoming film about the Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Al Pacino will co-produce the film based on the play by Dennis McIntyre and adapted for the screen by Jerzy and Mary Kromolowski.

The publication further reports that the film will tell the story of the painter and sculptor in Paris in 1916 and centre on the "turbulent and eventful 48 hours that will become a turning point in his life, ultimately solidifying his reputation as an artistic legend".

Depp said in a statement: "The saga of Mr Modigliani's life is one that I'm incredibly honoured and truly humbled to bring to the screen. It was a life of great hardship, but eventual triumph — a universally human story all viewers can identify with."

The film's cast will be announced shortly, with the filming scheduled for 2023 in Europe.

This is the second project the 59-year-old has been linked to since his legal battles with ex-wife Amber Heard.

In July, it was announced that he would play French king Louis XV in the film La Favourite directed by French filmmaker, Maïwenn.

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