Director’s Chair: Runt, Wife, Mussolini

“Director Walt Becker (“Wild Hogs”) has sold the comedy project “Runt” to Dimension Films. Becker and David Gallagher will co-write the screenplay, with Becker attached to direct and executive produce. Although plot details are being kept under wraps, “Runt” is a high-concept comedy about twin brothers who are complete opposites…” (full details)

“Universal Pictures (“The Pursuit of Happyness”) has set Gabriele Muccino to direct the immigrant romance drama “Man and Wife”. Despite several projects in development, Muccino confirmed he will make “Man and Wife” his next film. Scripted by Lorene Scafaria, the Brooklyn-set film will shoot this summer…” (full details)

“Italo helmer Marco Bellocchio (“Good Morning, Night”) will tackle the touchy subject of fascist dictator Benito Mussolini’s illegitimate son in a film being developed by RAI Cinema. Born out of wedlock before Mussolini came to power in 1922, the child was named Benito. Mussolini hid the child and mother, beautician Ida Dalser, in asylums where both died before Mussolini’s execution in 1945. The film is presently in final script stage…” (full details)