03 November 2009

Gucci family denounces planned movie

Ridley Scott Patrizia

When we revealed that Angelina Jolie was reported to be appearing in a biopic of the Gucci family, we knew this was not going to be the last we heard about the controversial film.

And sure enough, this morning movie industry bible Variety has reported that the Italian fashion family is ‘up in arms’ about the planned production.

The Guccis (who sold the label that carries the family name in the 1990s following a series of bitter boardroom battles that lead to the murder of Maurizio Gucci) have condemned the movie’s director, Ridley ‘Bladerunner’ Scott, and his producer wife Giannina Facio for allegedly betraying their friendship.
Maurizio’s cousin Patrizia Gucci has been telling Italian newspapers she feels bamboozled by Facio, who, Patrizia says, hung out with the Guccis in Florence and '[Ridley] Scott had assured us that it would not be a scandalistic movie,' Patrizia Gucci told Italian newspaper Corriere Della Sera, adding that the Gucci family is 'surprised and disconcerted' by new revelations about the movie’s focus on the murder. The Guccis have now vowed 'This is not an authorized movie and we will try to block it if it is offensive.'

Angelina Jolie’s role certainly suggests the movie is unlikely to be a hagiography. The actress is said to be in talks to play Patrizia Reggiani, who is serving a 26-year sentence for plotting the murder of her husband, Maurizio Gucci.

But Patrizia Gucci says the family has been through enough. 'We have been through horrible things and paid plenty in person. I will write a book about the Guccis to say who they really are. And I will give Scott a copy, in hopes that his movie will never be released.'

We’ll keep you posted on this story. So far, pre-production for the movie is shaping up to match the controversy of the plot itself...


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