CATEGORIES Drama, Foreign Language, Independent, Deals, Scripts, Cinematical Indie, Movie News, CinematicalThis Halloween, it will be 14 years since classic Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini died. We've already got Nine in the works -- a musical adaptation of 8½, which will be directed by Rob Marshall. But that's not all -- we're about to get a new Fellini film, and no, it isn't a documentary; it's fresh material that has yet to hit the big screen. The Hollywood Reporter posts that word has come from the second RomaCinemaFest that Viaggio a Tulum (Voyage to Tulum) will finally make its way to the screen under documentary director Marco Bartoccioni -- to begin production in January.
Tulum was a piece Fellini wrote in 1985; however, while it was adapted by Tullio Pinelli and published as a book, it never got the cameras rolling. The project focuses on Fellini's trip to Mexico to meet Carlos Castaneda, a famous mystic known for his controversial practices and shamanism. Production will be split between Mexico and Rome's Cinecitta Studios, for a crisp budget of at least $5 million; Tulum's backers say that half the funding has been secured, and that most of it has come from the Mexican government and Mexican investors. I imagine that some Fellini-files will step on board soon enough to top off the budget. The January start date will be the twentieth, which would have been Fellini's 88th birthday. I haven't read the piece myself, so I ask you out there, big Fellini fans who've read Voyage to Tulum -- are you ready to see it finally hit the big screen?