Johnny Depp tried his hand at directing once. In 1997, he wrote, starred in and helmed a movie called "The Brave," which also turned out to be one of the final screen performances for the legendary actor, Marlon Brando. It wasn't very good by most accounts and it never saw any kind of theatrical release in the United States.
Depp shifted back to acting again, and proceeded to star in a string of features that propelled him to superstardom, starting with the deft adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson's "Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas" in 1997 and culminating, of course, with "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" in 2003. He's been flying high ever since, but he's not stepped back behind the camera since "The Brave." Until now.
Depp, by his own admission, is preparing to direct again. He's abandoning fiction in favor of fact, with plans for a documentary focused on Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards. "Pirates" super-fans should see the connection; Richard was famously cited as Depp's inspiration for the iconic pirate Jack Sparrow. And for anyone who doubts that, the proof is right there on the screen.
There's been no public discussion of how Depp plans to approach his subject, whether this will be a career-spanning look at the guitarist or something more focused. As Depp told a European outlet (via The Playlist):
"Now that I'm wiser, and that enough time has passed, I can experience directing again. Already next week I'll start working on a Keith Richards documentary. While I'm in Drvengrad, my editor is already working on kilometers of archive footage and footage of his concerts. I'm very touched that Keith agreed to show up in front of my cameras."
Great to hear that Richards intends to participate. We'll be watching this one closely.
Have you seen "The Brave"? Do you want to see Depp direct again? What do you think of these plans to do a Keith Richards documentary?