“Johnny vs. Amber”: Depp Heard trial becomes a documentary series

“Johnny vs. Amber”
Depp Heard trial becomes a documentary series

The defamation trial between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard has caused a sensation around the world. It’s no wonder that TV stations are now also interested in processing the material. A documentary series will soon be dedicated to the case.

It’s not every day that two Hollywood stars reveal their failed marriage to the world public. Johnny Depp and Amber Heard did so in their mutual defamation trial in Fairfax County, US. Accompanied by live cameras, the events in court kept people in Germany in suspense for weeks.

It is probably only a matter of time before a feature film is made about the sad story of Depp and Heard. A documentation of their trial, however, is already in the starting blocks. This is reported by the industry magazine “The Hollywood Reporter”. Accordingly, the British broadcaster Discovery + is already working on a two-part mini-documentary series about the case.

The format is headed “Johnny vs. Amber,” it says. In fact, this is the sequel to a documentary of the same name, in which Discovery+ had already highlighted the process of the ex-couple before a London court. At that time it was about an article in the newspaper “The Sun” in which Depp was described as a “woman beater”. The actor defended himself legally against this designation – and was defeated.

Great expectations

In the Fairfax County trial, however, the 59-year-old largely triumphed. Heard was ordered to pay him a total of $10.35 million in damages. The 36-year-old plans to appeal.

“Johnny vs. Amber” should now roll up the process again, summarizing the evidence, witness statements and interviews by Depp and Heard. The lawyers Camille Vasquez and Benjamin Chew, who had assisted Depp in the process, also had their say again. Of course, Amber Heard’s legal counsel will also be heard – both sides should have an equal say.

A specific start date for the mini-series has not yet been set, reports “The Hollywood Reporter”. But those responsible are already certain that they could land a coup with it. Clare Laycock from the production team says that when “Johnny vs. Amber” was realized via the trial in Great Britain, they were aware that they were dealing with a “very sensitive case”. But the format turned out to be one of the most successful documentaries at Discovery+. The viewing figures are not only great in Great Britain, there is also great interest in the series internationally.