Fire Breaks Out at Rome’s Historic Cinecittà Studios

A fireplace broke out at Rome’s historic Cinecittà Studios on Monday afternoon (Aug. 1) and was extinguished by three groups of firefighters.

The fireplace broke out within the space the place a set depicting renaissance Florence was housed and which was being decommissioned, destroying components of it. It additionally disrupted the shoot for Netflix’s sequel to Charlize Theron movie “The Previous Guard” and threatened the “Huge Brother” home.

“The fireplace has been extinguished. There aren’t any accidents, no poisoning, no severe materials harm,” Cinecittà Studios spokesperson Marlon Pellegrini advised AFP in a press release.

The reason for the hearth is just not instantly clear, although circumstances are dry and probably incendiary in Italy, which is present process a heatwave.

The studio has historical past with fireplace. In 2007, flames engulfed warehouses housing units for HBO/BBC sequence “Rome” and 32,000 sq. ft of studio area had been destroyed. And in 2012, some components of Studio 5, the place Federico Fellini’s “La Dolce Vita” was filmed, had been destroyed.

The studios, which is celebrating its eighty fifth anniversary, was based in 1937 throughout Benito Mussolini’s regime. It’s at present present process a $321 million renovation.

Through the interval following World Battle II, the studios solid shut ties to Hollywood, which helped the Italian trade acquire its worldwide standing.

The myriad Italian pics made on the studios vary from Fellini’s “La Dolce Vita” (1960) and “8½” (1963) to Nanni Moretti’s “Sogni D’Oro” (1981), Sergio Leone’s epic “As soon as Upon a Time in America” (1984), Giuseppe Tornatore’s “The Legend of the Pianist on the Ocean” (1998) Paolo Sorrentino’s “Il Divo” (2008) and, extra just lately, his TV sequence “The New Pope” in 2019.

U.S. blockbusters shot at Cinecittà throughout the postwar interval notably embody William Wyler’s “Ben-Hur” (1959), which employed 15,000 extras, Robert Sensible’s “Helen of Troy” (1956), “Cleopatra” (1963) and Carol Reed’s “The Agony and the Ecstasy” (1965).

Standout Hollywood pics made at Cinecittà since then embody Martin Scorsese’s “Gangs of New York,” Wes Anderson’s “The Life Aquatic,” Ron Howard’s “Angels and Demons” and, extra just lately, Fernando Meirelles’ “The Two Popes” and Michael Bay’s “6 Underground,” each for Netflix, and Ridley Scott’s “Home of Gucci” for MGM.

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