CATEGORIES Drama, Foreign Language, Independent, Casting, Celebrities and Controversy, Politics, Cinematical Indie, Movie News, CinematicalThis past spring, there was a bit of a filmmaker/subject kerfuffle. Director Paolo Sorrentino said he was going to make a film about ex-Prime Minister of Italy, Giulio Andreotti. Sorrentino said that he had met with the controversial figure twice to discuss the project. However, Andreotti then said he had never met him. Regardless of the ex-PM's memory, the project is pushing forward. IMDb says the film, Il Divo, is in post-production, and The Hollywood Reporter has posted that it will be released next May by Lucky Red in Italy.
Italian actor Toni Servillo, whose work with Sorrentino already garnered him a David di Donatello award for his work in Conseguenze dell'Amore, will star as Andreotti. On and off from the '70s through the '90s, PM Andreotti made waves with boatloads of scandal and accusations -- mainly involving "allegedly strong but shadowy ties to both the Vatican and the Mafia." (I'll let you make your own assumptions on that one!) Many say that he has also hit the screen before -- as the basis for Don Licio Lucchesi in Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather Part III. Whatever the case, it's sure to be a pretty interesting drama, and one that should fire up the ex-PM if he ever remembers to see it.