One of the most anticipated reunions in filmmaking is finally going to happen, as The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Antonio Banderas will be teaming up with legendary director Pedro Almodóvar some 20 years after their last project together.

'La Piel que Habito,' which translates literally to 'The Skin I live In,' will tell the story of a plastic surgeon who seeks revenge on the man who raped his daughter. Based on Thierry Jonquet's novel 'Tarantula,' Almodóvar describes the story as a psychological horror movie. "It's difficult to define and although it comes close to the terror genre -- something that appeals to me that I've never done -- I won't respect any of its rules," Almodóvar said in a lengthy interview with the Spanish newspaper El Pais. "It's the harshest film I've ever written and Banderas' character is brutal."

One of the most anticipated reunions in filmmaking is finally going to happen, as the Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Antonio Banderas will be teaming up with legendary director Pedro Almodóvar some 20 years after their last project together.

'La Piel que Habito,' which translates literally to 'The Skin I Live In,' will tell the story of a plastic surgeon who seeks revenge on the man who raped his daughter. Based on Thierry Jonquet's novel, 'Tarantula,' Almodóvar describes the story as a psychological horror movie. "It's difficult to define and although it comes close to the terror genre -- something that appeals to me that I've never done -- I won't respect any of its rules," Almodóvar said in a lengthy interview with the Spanish newspaper El Pais. "It's the harshest film I've ever written and Banderas' character is brutal."

Almodóvar and Banderas last worked together on the groundbreaking NC-17 hit 'Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down,' which garnered acclaim for both when it hit theaters in 1990. The film capped a run of collaborations that also included 'The Matador,' 'Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown' and 'The Law of Desire.'

Since then, however, Banderas has forged a mainstream Hollywood career while Almovodar has turned to a very different muse, Penélope Cruz, leading some to speculate -- or at least hope -- that a Banderas/Cruz team could be in the cards. Alas, Almodóvar says that won't be the case.

"As the story has developed, I don't see her in that role," he told El Pais. "But that's not a problem because I'm going to continue seeing her in other roles. I have a lot of stories I want to shoot. Without going any further, I have four scripts in development in my drawer."

For now, though, Almodóvar is concentrating on refining the script for 'The Skin I Live In,' which he has rewritten nine times. Considering the 20-year wait and the fact that Banderas had to completely rearrange his film and stage schedule to appear in the film, such attention the detail is certainly understandable. Despite two decades apart, though, Almodóvar says that his chemistry with Banderas is as vital as ever.

"He's exactly the same as when he left. From the minute he walked in, it was as if we had just finished 'Tie Me Up' the night before."

And that's nothing but good news for fans of cinema.

'The Skin I Live In' is currently in pre-production. Filming dates have yet to be announced.
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