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Woody Allen’s next film based on Boccaccio’s “The Decameron”

Will Schiffelbein

by: Will Schiffelbein
May 11th, 2011

Woody Allen has always been a busy filmmaker, having made an average of roughly a film every year since he first began. Since his latest film, MIDNIGHT IN PARIS, is premiering today at Cannes, it's only natural that we get some news related to his next picture. While his early films all centered around New York City, generally treating it as its own character, he's ventured out of the country lately and made several films set abroad.

This next film will be set in Rome and will be loosely based off of Boccacio's compendium of stories known as The Decameron.

The Decameron is a collection of novellas, short stories, and poems which all deal with one central theme - love in all its forms. The collection was originally published in the mide 1300's, but has since been adapted in many forms including film. Allen's film will consist of four separate vignettes, each based off a tale in the collection. The cast will consist of an eclectic mix of actors, ranging from American to Italian.

We've heard that Penelope Cruz will return to Allen's side, which could be good news considering she won an Academy Award for her last performance with him in VICKY CHRISTINA BARCELONA. Other cast members include Alec Baldwin, Ellen Page, and one of my favorite working actors - Jesse Eisenberg. Furthermore, there are several Italian cast members attached. Rumors are circulating that Roberto Benigni of LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL is in talks for a role as well.

Woody Allen has made some fantastic films in the past and he could really use a knockout. Here's hoping MIDNIGHT IN PARIS will be that film; if it isn't, he's always got Rome.

Source Variety

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