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Matteo Garrone Sets Up Next Project with Salma Hayek and Vincent Cassel; Miles Teller Boards John Belushi Biopic

Written by on January 20, 2014 

In setting up his next outing — his “most ambitious project to date,” even — Variety report that Matteo Garrone (Reality, Gomorra) has tapped a pair of recognizable faces: Salma Hayek and Vincent Cassel will headline The Tale of Tales, a (seemingly) Pasolini-esque picture which aims to “revisit various traditional Italian tales with a modern twist.” (If that directorial / national comparison doesn’t resonate, you are fully encouraged to start right here.) IMDb list the project as an adaptation of Giambattista Basile‘s eponymous text, which Amazon describes like so:

“The Tale of Tales, made up of forty-nine fairy tales within a fiftieth frame story, contains the earliest versions of celebrated stories like Rapunzel, All-Fur, Hansel and Gretel, The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg, Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella. The tales are bawdy and irreverent but also tender and whimsical, acute in psychological characterization and encyclopedic in description. They are also evocative of marvelous worlds of fairy-tale unreality as well as of the everyday rituals of life in seventeenth-century Naples.”

Somewhat in the patchwork format that had marked his 2008 mob picture, then? If this, in fact, is the approach — and I wouldn’t be surprised, seeing as it brought him plenty of acclaim on one go-round — a combination with that contemporary angle on stories essentially as old as storytelling itself could prove rather magnificent. Our eyes are peeled.

On what might be something of a different wavelength, Emile Hirsch has… announced his first co-star on the developing John Belushi biopic, saying at “a party for the Creative Coalition Saturday night,” according to THR, “A shout-out to Miles Teller! We’re going to be working together soon. He’s playing Dan Aykroyd in the Belushi movie.” If only all casting announcements came through like so.

But CAA will caution that no roles will be taken until press is completed for this month’s That Awkward Moment, and thus Hirsch‘s party spirit is the most we have to go off right now — so, make of that what you will. Regardless of what happens on the actor’s front, writer-director Steve Conrad (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The Weather Man) is working for producers Aykroyd and Belushi’s widow, Judy Belushi Pisano, telling the tale of “a man that embodied both the glory and the tragedy of the American dream as it focuses on Belushi at the height of his fame.” Blues Brothers recreations and references will undoubtedly flourish.

Are you hoping to see Garrone give Tales a proper telling? Does Teller strike you as a fine fit for Aykroyd?


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