Optomen producing two-parter on actor’s marriage breakdown with Amber Heard
Optomen is producing a two-part documentary about the breakdown of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s marriage for Discovery+.
Johnny vs Amber will tell the story of the tumultuous relationship from each of the actors’ distinct perspectives.
One episode will portray how Depp believes he was married to a Machiavellian liar who would stop at nothing to protect her image, while the other explores how Heard believes he turned into a violent, drug-fuelled monster.
The two-parter will hear from the lawyers involved on both sides, include testimony from those close to the pair and also examine footage and audio recordings filmed by the couple themselves.
In 2016, Heard filed for a divorce from Depp. She secured a restraining order against him, before the situation escalated after leaked evidence of alleged domestic violence led to The Sun newspaper portraying Depp as a ‘wife-beater’ and to a legal case.
Clare Laycock ordered the series for Discovery+, with Charlotte Reid the commissioner and Matt Reid executive producer for the broadcaster. Otomen’s Nick Hornby and Fran Baker are executive producers for Optomen.
Johnny vs Amber will be available to watch on discovery+ this autumn.
Laycock, senior vice-president of planning and insights and head of entertainment at Discovery, said Optomen had turned “this multi-layered story into something both engrossing and horrifying”.
- December 2021