Giuseppe Tornatore’s Oscar-winning movie “Cinema Paradiso,” a few marvellous Sicilian cinema the place a boy nicknamed Toto embarks on a lifelong love affair with the flicks, is being spun off right into a high-profile TV collection that Tornatore will write and direct.
The six-episode “Paradiso” present is being developed by distinguished Rome-based producer Marco Belardi (“Excellent Strangers”) via his new shingle Bamboo Manufacturing, which he launched in February. Belardi mentioned he’s in superior talks with an unspecified U.S. streamer to return on board. Belardi is at present within the U.S. with Tornatore, negotiating a deal.
“Cinema Paradiso” received a Particular Jury Prize on the 1989 Cannes Movie Pageant earlier than happening to win the Oscar for greatest overseas language movie in 1990 and incomes greater than $12 million on the U.S. field through Miramax that 12 months. The pic, which has since gained cult standing globally, was re-released within the U.Okay. in a restored model in 2020.
The “Paradiso” collection “would be the identical story of the movie, however in expanded kind with numerous totally different narrative strands,” mentioned Belardi. He added that Tornatore is at present writing the remedy and the pilot, with plans for the present to be shot imminently and delivered in 2023.
Components being weaved into the “Paradiso” collection embrace “the power of a mom, the solidarity of a buddy, intercourse as a taboo, pressured relocations, eloping, and marked social variations,” in accordance with supplies cited by Belardi.
Successfully, the backstories of important characters of the fictional Sicilian village of Giancaldo, the place “Cinema Paradiso” is about, are being spun out. They’ll present a cross-section of Italy’s post-World Warfare II era and their drive to restart, intertwined with a postwar ardour for the flicks.
Concurrently, to assist launch the collection, Belardi mentioned he want to produce a doc about how “Cinema Paradiso” germinated, each creatively and from a manufacturing standpoint, although this challenge isn’t but greenlit.
Belardi till lately headed the movie and TV firm Lotus Manufacturing, which moreover producing Italian megahit “Excellent Strangers,” additionally spawned a gradual stream of different hits similar to Gabriele Muccino’s “There Is No Place Like Dwelling,” which in 2018 pulled in additional than $10 million regionally, and has been spun off lately right into a profitable TV collection for Sky.
Leone Movie Group in 2014 acquired a majority stake in Lotus, the place Belardi remained in cost. However the rapport with Leone lately soured, so Belardi parted methods with them to arrange Bamboo.
Belardi mentioned Bamboo lately inked a multi-picture cope with Netflix to supply two or three unspecified Italian authentic movies for the streamer. Individually, his Netflix deal additionally includes the acquisition of streaming rights for 3 different motion pictures that Bamboo will produce.
Different tasks percolating in Bamboo’s improvement pipeline embrace a TV collection for Italian public broadcaster RAI on late Italian pop singer-songwriter, actor,and “unhealthy boy” Franco Califano; a collection on the Milanese mob within the ’70s, for Sky, which is a spin-off of Sky docuseries “La Mala. Banditi a Milano,” which Bamboo is growing with Mia Movie, the corporate that made the docuseries; and a well timed present titled “Generazione Z,” about “present-day neo-Nazism and Fascism,” mentioned Belardi, written by Italian historian and creator Antonio Scurati.
Scurati is the creator of bestselling novel “M. Son of the Century,” which traces the delivery of Mussolini’s ascent in Italy and is being made right into a collection for Sky, produced by Fremantle’s The Residence.