Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar has abandoned what was to be his first feature film in English as a director, the adaptation of the book “Manual for cleaning women” with Cate Blanchett, a film that will continue without him, his brother Agustín said Wednesday.
“Pedro Almodóvar is leaving the project ‘Manual for cleaning women’, which will continue with Cate Blanchett,” tweeted Agustín Almodovar, who runs the production company El Deseo with his brother.
The news had been advanced by the entertainment website Deadline Hollywood, which explained that Almodóvar concluded that “he was not prepared to take on such a large project in English.”
“It was a very painful decision,” Alomodóvar told Deadline, indicating that the film’s production is looking for a new director.
“I’ve dreamed of working with Cate for a long time. (The producer) Dirty Films has been very generous to me all this time and I was blinded by enthusiasm, but unfortunately I no longer feel capable of making this film,” he added.
The project is the adaptation of the book of stories by the American Lucia Berlin, of which Cate Blanchett, a 53-year-old Australian actress who has won an Oscar twice, is producing through her company Dirty Films.
Almodóvar, a 72-year-old filmmaker whose films “All About My Mother” (1999) and “Talk to Her” (2002) both won Oscars, had already made a short film in English, “The Human Voice,” starring Tilda Swinton, but the project he abandoned was to be his first feature film in that language.
The filmmaker from La Mancha has just finished shooting another short in English, “Strange Way of Life” with Ethan Hawke and the Chilean Pedro Pascal, his first western.
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