MGM acquiring Ridley Scott true-crime drama ‘Gucci,’ to star Lady Gaga

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Lady Gaga appears at the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2019. [Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBC]

MGM is acquiring Ridley Scott’s true-crime drama “Gucci,” to star Lady Gaga.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, 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.

Maurizio Gucci – the grandson of Guccio Gucci – headed the company in a declining period in the 1980s after wresting it out of an uncle’s hands. Maurizio Gucci left Reggiani in 1985 for a younger woman after 12 years of marriage.

Reggiani was tried and convicted of coordinating her ex-husband’s assassination on the steps of his office in Italy in 1995. She was nicknamed “Black Widow” during the trial and served 18 years before her 2016 release from prison.

Giannina Scott will produce with her husband Ridley through the couple’s Scott Free banner, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“This project has long been a labor of love for both Ridley and me,” said Giannina Scott, per the trade publication. “The story is so epic, the stakes so high and the characters so richly drawn that we were determined to get it to the big screen. To say we are thrilled to be teaming with Mike De Luca and his brilliant film group at MGM is an understatement. We can’t wait to see this come to life next year.”

Scott was in the middle of shooting “The Last Duel,” a drama set in the Middle Ages with Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Adam Driver, until that project was halted to the coronavirus pandemic. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Scott plans to return to work on “The Last Duel” once the worst of the pandemic has past and its safe for Hollywood to return to work. He will plunge into “Gucci” after that project is done.

MGM has set a Nov. 24, 2021, release date for “Gucci.”

-BAM

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