In an announcement that will cause an outcry everywhere amongst cineastes, AMBI and LDM Productions are teaming to produce a ‘homage’ film based on Federico Fellini’s Palme d’Or-winning immortal 1960 classic “La Dolce Vita”.
Francesca Fellini, niece of Federico Fellini and the last blood descendent of the Fellini family, was behind the Fellini estate closing an option agreement with AMBI’s Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi for the project. Daniele Di Lorenzo will produce the film. In a statement, Francesca spoke about why she gave this project the approval:
“We’ve been approached countless times and asked to consider everything from remakes and re-imaginings to prequels and sequels. We knew it would take very special producers and compelling circumstances to motivate the family to allow rights to be optioned. Daniele, Andrea and Monika have a beautiful vision of a modern film, and considering their Italian heritage and deep appreciation and understanding of my uncle’s works, there couldn’t be a better alignment for this project.”
Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg starred in the original which followed an Italian photographer and his beautiful conquests on a week-long journey through Rome as he conducts a fruitless search for love and happiness. The new film will update the story with a contemporary setting.