Deepa Mehta to direct Al Pacino in `Masterpiece`

Updated: Feb 12, 2011, 16:45 PM IST

Los Angeles: India-born Canadian filmmaker Deepa Mehta is all set to direct Hollywood legend Al Pacino in `Masterpiece`, a biopic on French artist Henri Matisse.

The `Godfather` star will portray Matisse in the Escape Artists` movie, which will depict the true story of the painter`s relationship with his nurse Monique Bourgeois, who also served as his model and muse.

Mehta, best known for her series `Fire`, `Earth` and `Water` on India, will direct the Academy-award-winning actor from a script by Donald Martin, the Variety reported.

Todd Black, Steve Tisch and Jason Blumenthal will produce, while Chris Coggins will co-produce.

The project is currently in development and has no start date, though producers will soon begin casting the two female leads.

The 70-year-old actor will next be seen opposite Channing Tatum in Dito Montiel`s cop drama `The Son of No One`. He`s also set to play controversial record producer Phil Spector in an untitled HBO movie from writer-director David Mamet.

Mehta, 61, who was born in Amritsar and studied in Delhi University, last helmed Preity Zinta in `Heaven on Earth`.

She is currently developing `Winds of Change`, an adaptation of Salman Rushdie`s `Midnight`s Children`. She has also announced a film `Komagata Maru` with Bollywood star Akshay Kumar, which based on Komagata Maru incident.