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Ridley Scott attached to Gucci film...still

RidleyScott.jpgSome time ago I wrote about Ridley Scott being attached to a biographical film of the Gucci empire, well now Variety are bringing the story up again, although there is a little more direction to the plot.

Previously we heard that the film would look through several years and different locations of the lives of various members of the Gucci clan, but now we hear that the centre of the film will be Maurizio Gucci, the grandson of the founder Guccio Gucci.

Back then Andrea Berloff was set to start developing the script and Ridley Scott was considering producing and directing depending on that very script, but now it looks like it's definite. Here's what we had before:

...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.

From Variety through Latino Review comes the story that Charles Randolph will now write the film after the strike ends, and that this original story was put into turnaround. Now the plot looks like this:

The catalyst will be Maurizio Gucci, the grandson of founder Guccio Gucci who emerged as the unlikely winner of a bloody power struggle to run the family business. Just when Maurizio was on the verge of his greatest success -- a daring fashion show debuting the clothes of newcomer Tom Ford -- his penchant for accumulating enemies caught up with him; Maurizio was gunned down in front of his Milan apartment in 1995.

I still don't find this an interesting project, but I'm sure there are tons of intrigue and behind the scenes politics that could make for a good script, a bit like the Dynasty of fashion. Then, of course, there's the added attraction of Ridley Scott.



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