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The Cinema Paradiso series is coming

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cinema Paradisothe classic Italian film that won the Oscar for best foreign language film in 1990, is being transformed into a high-profile television series, written and directed by its original creator, Giuseppe Tornatore.

According to various US media, the serial production of that adorable story of a boy nicknamed Toto who falls in love with movies in a Sicilian movie theater is well under way. The fiction will have six episodes, it will be titled paradise and is being developed by producer Marco Belardi (perfect strangers) through his production company Bamboo, launched in February.

Belardi said he is in advanced talks with a streaming platform that would join the project. The Rome-based producer is currently in the United States negotiating a deal with Tornatore.

The original movie made all moviegoers tear up.

The original movie made all moviegoers tear up.

An ode to cinema in extended format

This Sicilian ode to cinema set to music by Ennio Morricone it was released in Italy at the end of 1988 and won a Special Jury Prize at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival. A year later it won the Oscar for best foreign film and grossed more than 12 million dollars in the United States.

Listed as a cult worldwide, the film starring Philippe Noiret and the boy Salvatore Cascio was re-released in 2020 in the United Kingdom through a restored version.

The argument of paradise “It will be the same as the film, but in an extended format and with several different narrative threads,” Belardi said. He added that Tornatore is currently writing a first draft of the program and its pilot chapter, with the aim of starting filming soon and be delivered in 2023.

Giuseppe Tornatore posed before a screening of his film, in Los Angeles, in 2014. Photo Reuters

Giuseppe Tornatore posed before a screening of his film, in Los Angeles, in 2014. Photo Reuters

According to the draft quoted by Belardi himself, the series will address the themes raised by the film, such as “the strength of a mother, the solidarity of a friend, sex as a taboo, relocations and forced escapes, and marked social differences.”

Effectively, Tornatore is piecing together the backstories of the main characters in the fictional Sicilian town of Giancaldo, where the story takes place. cinema Paradiso.

Those characters are expected to be a cross-section of Italian generations who restarted their lives after surviving World War II, part of a storyline shot through with a post-war passion for cinema.

A parallel documentary and agreement with Netflix

At the same time as the series, Belardi explained that he plans to produce a documentary about the origin of cinema Paradisoboth creatively and from a production standpoint. Although that side project has not yet been greenlit.

Photo of the original poster of the film, which will now be a series of 6 chapters.

Photo of the original poster of the film, which will now be a series of 6 chapters.

Belardi until recently headed the film and television company Lotus Production, which produced the Italian global mega-hit perfect strangers and generated other more local events such as the film There Is No Place Like Homeby Gabriele Muccino, which in 2018 grossed over $10 million in Italy and is now a popular Sky TV series.

Belardi also recounted that Bamboo recently signed a deal with Netflix to produce two or three unspecified Italian original films for the platform.

On the other hand, there is another deal where Netflix acquired the streaming rights to three other movies that Bamboo will produce.

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