One title I’ve been struggling with over the past few months is that of Woody Allen‘s next film. The problem, if you can comprehend how much of a pedant I am for one second, is whether or not it’s Bob Decameron on The Bop Decameron. Various places have listed it either way, only leading me further down a path of despair.
Good news, then, that the name has been changed. According to Deadline, we can start calling his next movie Nero Fiddled. This adjustment is apparently the result of Allen growing “tired of all the blank stares he received when telling people the title of his film,” so he chose something that “better conveys the locale.” Title changes aren’t anything new for him; most famously, he only started calling his 1977 classic Annie Hall a little before its release. The original title was Anhedonia, a psychological term for the inability to feel pleasure.
Bob Decameron is a reference to The Decameron, an anthology book whose stories center on love. This is said to be — would you look at that! — an anthology film comprised of four tales, so the name did make sense; people just didn’t get it. According to TOH, he “couldn’t believe how few people had heard of The Decameron even in Rome.” Meanwhile, “the few that did assumed the movie was based on Boccaccio’s tales which it’s not.”
The new name is fine enough, and it at least sounds a little bit more like something he would have put out in the ’70s or ’80s. Hopefully its name isn’t the only thing this film has in common with those.
Starring the director, Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penélope Cruz, Judy Davis, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig, and Ellen Page, Nero Fiddled will open in 2012.
In other title changes, HeyUGuys has learned from Seth Rogen that the name of his directing debut, Jay and Seth vs. the Apocalypse, has been changed to the simpler Apocalypse. I actually prefer the previous one, if only because it hints at the meta nature of the film — Rogen and Jay Baruchel play themselves, much like their celebrity friends will.
Among those celebrity friends are James Franco, Danny McBride, Jonah Hill, and Craig Robinson, and the story puts them in a house together as the end of the world unfolds. You probably know if that appeals to you — and if you don’t, know that it should feel approximate to this. Although financing hasn’t been secured, a script is complete and shooting is expected to kick off in February. Personally, I can’t wait.
Do you like these new names? Does such a thing not actually concern you?