Ridley Scott attached to Gucci epic
It's way to early to attach a director to a script that hasn't been written and just assigned a writer, but Ridley Scott is apparently attached to direct a film covering the massive Gucci empire. The news is that Andrea Berloff has just been signed to start writing a screenplay for the story, so it's a hell of a long way off.
From Variety through Coming Soon comes the story. Personally I think it's far too soon to be talking of a Director, and would someone sign up to direct a project that hasn't even been written? In fact has just been assigned a writer? Surely there's a hell of a lot of development to get done before pen is even put to paper? As I read down the story it all becomes clear, he may direct depending on the first draft of the screenplay, and Scott Free Productions may produce...all maybes at the moment.
...the exact storyline is unclear, although it is known to span many years and several locales tracking the lives of the Gucci clan, known for creating one of the elite fashion houses and putting its stamp on the fashion business over the course of decades. However, behind the scenes the family dynasty was marred by soap opera-style drama: Paolo Gucci almost sent his father, Aldo Gucci, to prison for tax fraud; Maurizio Gucci was murdered in 1995; and his widow, Patrizia Gucci, was convicted three years later of ordering his assassination.
So there is material there, but to be quite honest it grabs me about as much as a wet sponge. Surely you need some empathy, sympathy and connection with the main characters of a story, and with the uber-rich Gucci family entrenched in Fashion for the rich, I just can't. Can you?