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discovery+ orders Johnny Depp & Amber Heard doc

November 19, 2021

Discovery has announced the commission of Johnny vs Amber, a two-episode documentary that tells the story of the breakdown of their relationship and how it became the celebrity court case of the decade.

This double bill produced by Optomen tells this international cover story from two polarised perspectives. Depp’s film will portray that he found himself married to a Machiavellian liar who would stop at nothing to protect her image. While Heard’s film explores how she married the man of her dreams only to see him turn into a violent drug-fuelled monster.

Viewers will hear from the lawyers involved on both sides, get testimony from those close to the pair and also examine extensive footage and audio recordings filmed by the couple themselves.

Johnny vs Amber will be available to watch on discovery+ this autumn.

Clare Laycock, SVP Planning & Insights, Head of Entertainment, at Discovery, said: “The series provides an in-depth insight into the epic battle that powered #JusticeforJohnnyDepp and #IStandWithYouAmberHeard fan campaigns and the very public High Court case that gripped us all. Optomen has done a fantastic job turning this multi-layered story into something both engrossing and horrifying.”

Charlotte Reid, VP Commissioning, Entertainment, at Discovery, said: “The story of what happened between Johnny and Amber continues to be hugely divisive, between fans and the public at large. We set out to make a documentary that would explore the story from each of their perspectives, so the viewer can go beyond the headlines, understand who they are, and decide who they should believe in this complex human story. We think it’s a compellingly contemporary story on truth and lies that we hope will open up a conversation with our viewers on discovery+”

Nick Hornby, Co-CEO at Optomen, added: “Through the tapes, home videos and text messages shown in court, these films give viewers a rare and important insight into a marriage that went tragically wrong, and to better understand the hugely important issue of domestic violence.”

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