Johnny Depp is to direct a biopic of Amedeo Modigliani, the celebrated Italian painter who died in poverty in 1920 but who subsequently became renowned for his pictures of nudes with elongated faces and limbs.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Depp will also produce the film alongside actor Al Pacino, who tried and failed to get a Modigliani biopic directed by Martin Scorsese off the ground in the 1980s. No casting details have been announced, but as Modigliani died at the age of 35 it is unlikely either actor will play the artist.


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