Johnny Depp returns to the Director’s Chair with ‘Modi’ Biopic, co-produced by Al Pacino

Johnny Depp makes a directorial comeback with ‘Modi’ biopic. The film will narrate the life of renowned artist Amedeo Modigliani, popularly known as ‘Modi’ by his friends.


Johnny Depp is poised to mark his comeback as a director with the captivating biopic titled "Modi." The film delves into the life of Amedeo Modigliani, an Italian artist affectionately referred to as "Modi" by those close to him. In addition to directing, Depp will assume the role of co-producer alongside the talented Al Pacino and Barry Navidi.


The upcoming project, set to be showcased to potential buyers at the Cannes Film Festival, has successfully assembled an impressive cast. Riccardo Scamarcio has been chosen to portray the role of Modigliani, while Pierre Niney will bring the character of French artist Maurice Utrillo to life. Additionally, the esteemed Al Pacino will captivate audiences as the art collector Gangnat. The production is slated to commence in Budapest in autumn.

Movie Plot

Drawing inspiration from Dennis McIntyre's play "Modigliani," the film script is skillfully penned by Jerzy and Mary Kromolowski. Unfolding within a gripping 48-hour timeframe, the narrative revolves around Modigliani's desperate attempts to abandon his career and evade capture by relentless law enforcement.

(Amadeo Modigliani)

In his quest for guidance, Modigliani turns to his trusted confidant and art dealer, Leopold Zborowski. However, an unexpected encounter with a collector who holds the potential to alter his destiny spirals into chaos. Set against the vibrant backdrop of Paris in 1916, the film endeavors to depict the captivating journey of the renowned painter and sculptor. Emphasizing the significance of a tumultuous 48-hour period, the narrative illuminates the pivotal turning point that solidified Modigliani's status as an artistic legend.

Depp's Cinematic Resurgence: European Ventures Await 

Johnny Depp, producing under his European production company IN.2 Films, is thrilled to embark on this cinematic journey, describing it as a "universally human story" that resonates deeply. Despite the challenges posed by his well-publicized legal dispute with ex-wife Amber Heard, Depp maintains a positive outlook on both the film and his personal career revival. In addition to this project, Depp's involvement in the European film scene extends further, as he takes on the role of King Louis XV in the historical love story "Jeanne du Barry," helmed by French director Maïwenn.

Navidi: 'Modi' Holds Personal Significance 

Barry Navidi, renowned for his collaboration with Al Pacino on notable films such as "The Merchant of Venice" and "Salomé," expresses that "Modi" holds a special place in Pacino's heart. Navidi clarifies that the project delves into a particular phase of Modi's life rather than providing a comprehensive biography, fulfilling a long-standing dream of reuniting with Johnny.

Depp's Directorial Comeback

As production gears up for a spring 2023 start in Europe, anticipation builds for further casting announcements. The international distribution of the film will be handled by The Veterans. Devoted followers of Depp's directorial endeavors eagerly await the release of "Modi," marking his return to the director's chair since his impressive feature directorial debut, "The Brave," back in 1997.