WEEK IN WOMEN: MGM Acquires GUCCI, Gaga to Star – Brandy McDonnell reports

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MGM is acquiring Ridley Scott’s true-crime drama Gucci, to star Lady Gaga. The studio beat out Netflix and at least one other streaming service for the film, which will center on the murder of Guccio Gucci, grandson of the founder fabled fashion house.

As previously reported, Gaga – in her first film since she earned a best actress Oscar nomination for the 2018 version of Star Is Born – would star as Patrizia Reggiani, Gucci’s ex-wife, who was convicted of plotting his murder after he had an affair.

“Nothing typifies bold, audacious originality more than a film by Ridley Scott,” said MGM film chairman Michael De Luca in a statement. “All of us at MGM are incredibly excited to be in business with Ridley, Giannina, Kevin and the whole team at Scott Free.”

The script by Roberto Bentivegna is based on the 2001 book The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed, written by Sara Gay Forden and published by William Morrow. The book used the murder to delve into the fashion dynasties convoluted family history, which is packed with infighting, corporate intrigue and, of course, money. Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN.

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell writes features and reviews movies, music, events and the arts for The Oklahoman, Oklahoma's statewide newspaper, and NewsOK.com, the state's largest news Web site. Raised on a farm near Lindsay, Okla., she started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her school's 4-H Club. Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News, and worked for the local weekly through high school. She attended Oklahoma State University, where she worked for The Daily O'Collegian and earned her journalism degree with honors. She worked for three years at small Oklahoma dailies The Edmond Sun and Shawnee News-Star. In 2002, she joined The Oklahoman as a features reporter, writing about movies, the arts, events, families and nonprofits. She moved to The Oklahoman's entertainment desk in 2007. In 2004, she won a prestigious Journalism Fellowship in Child & Family Policy from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Along with her membership in AWFJ, she also is a founding member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle. Brandy writes The Week In Women blog for AWFJ.org.