Scott's Gucci to star Jolie and DiCaprio?
It was back in June of 2006 that we heard Ridley Scott was attached to direct a film about the Gucci empire, but movement has been slow since then. A writer was attached, a script developed, then the writer strike put paid to that. Afterwards a new writer was on board to deliver a new version, and that's the one we see today, some two years later.
The film seems to have everything you would want and reads like a modern day Dallas or Dynasty but with designer shoulder pads, and two actors are being rumoured for the leads that if chosen would mark this project up a notch or two.
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.
Back with the original announcement we heard something along the following lines regarding the focus of the story:
...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 we get a feel for the plot back then, a plot that doesn't seem to have changed much with this news story from Entertainment Weekly that has the rumour of the casting choices for the film.
Apparently, through a “source”, Leonardo DiCaprio and Angelina Jolie are in talks with Ridley Scott for the Gucci film, or rather Ridley Scott is in talks with the two for the lead roles and has been for some time.
DiCaprio would allegedly play Maurizio Gucci with Jolie playing his ex-wife Patrizia, the one who orders his assassination. There's a lot of love there then.
It still seems a strange combination of story and director for me though, I mean where are all his trademarks of stylistic filming going to go? Are we going to switch between different speeds of camera during a fashion shoot? It just doesn't seem to be the usual marriage for the two, but then maybe that's a good thing?
What is good is that if these two leads join the project then this certainly is going to receive a big boost, with Jolie and DiCaprio leading the film it's going to be pitched high. Let's hope the story of a feuding fashion house family really holds up plot wise.