AMBI Pictures, a group of vertically integrated film development, production, finance and distribution companies operated by Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi, has secured approval from the Fellini family and estate for a re-imagining of “La Dolce Vita.” Federico Fellini is certainly one of the greatest filmmakers of all time, and “Vita” is considered by many to be his magnum opus, which makes the news somewhat cautious for cinephiles hoping to keep the classic just the way it is. The film is being described as a re-imagining or homage, not a remake.
In an official statement, Fellini’s niece Francesca Fellini said, “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.”
“There is a finite number of films that transcend eras and without doubt ‘La Dolce Vita’ is one of them,” added Monika Bacardi. “As a filmmaker, you can’t ask for better source material or better inspiration for a film. It’s now our responsibility to deliver something that lives up to the mastery of the original.”
Given the success of films like “Maleficent” and “Snow White and the Huntsman,” re-imaginings have been somewhat common recently. Regardless, this kind of reworking is unprecedented given the important place “La Dolce Vita” has in cinematic history.
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