Update: MGM has picked up the film, beating out Netflix, and set it for a November 24, 2021 release, THR reports.
After a streak of productivity like few other directors, it’ll be a three-year period in between new Ridley Scott films–his longest in two decades–as he’s now embarking on production on The Last Duel, starring Matt Damon, Adam Driver, Jodie Comer, and Ben Affleck. With a likely 2020 release in store for that 14th-century revenge tale–marking his first film since 2017’s All the Money in the World–the 81-year-old director is already looking towards his follow-up.
Deadline reports he’s set to enter the world of fashion and high drama as he’ll helm a film capturing the Gucci family. In her first role since A Star Is Born, Oscar winner Lady Gaga will star as Patrizia Reggiani, who went to prison in 1999 for killing her ex-husband Maurizio Gucci, whose grandfather founded the clothing company.
Scott was actually attached the film years back when Penelope Cruz was set to lead, but then he handed it to his daughter, director Jordan Scott, to helm. Since then, the story was also in the hands of Wong Kar-wai and Annapurna, but it never came to be. It’s now back in the Scott family, with Ridley Scott set to direct a script by Roberto Bentivegna, based on Sara Gay Forden’s 2001 novel The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed. His wife, Giannina Scott, has been developing the project and will produce the film. The production aims to move fast, so after The Last Duel wraps, expect to see this one not long after.