ROME — Miramax Films has acquired English-lingo remake rights to Italian director Ettore Scola’s classic 1974 comedy-drama “C’eravamo tanto amati” (“We All Loved Each Other So Much”) to be retooled in the U.S. as a vehicle for helmer Gabriele Muccino.
Project will be the first English-language feature for Muccino, who was previously attached as part of a multipicture deal with Miramax to direct its long-stalled U.S. remake of the French comedy “When the Cat’s Away,” now in turnaround.
Muccino scored a commercial hit last season with “The Last Kiss,” which chalked up 3.1 million admissions domestically and grossed $16.5 million. The film shared the audience award at Sundance in January and was picked up for U.S. release by neophyte New York-based distrib ThinkFilm.
The new feature will be scripted by Mike Weller, who previously adapted “Hair” and “Ragtime” for director Milos Forman. Project was announced Wednesday by Fabrizio Lombardo, head of Miramax’s operations in Italy, who will exec produce.
Written by Agenore Incrocci, Furio Scarpelli and Scola, the original film spanned 30 years, recounting the stories of three former WWII partisans all in love with the same woman. It starred Nino Manfredi, Vittorio Gassman, Stefano Satta Flores and Stefania Sandrelli.
’70s Gotham setting
Muccino and Weller’s adaptation will shift the story to New York, starting in the 1970s to touch on some of the key social, political and cultural events of the three decades that followed.
Senior VP of production Amy Slotnick and VP of production Gina Gardini will oversee the project for Miramax.
Stuart Ford, senior VP and co-head of acquisitions, and Lombardo negotiated on behalf of Miramax, with Adriano De Micheli, who produced the Scola film, negotiating for rights-holder Dean Film.
Before starting work on the U.S. feature, Muccino will direct his fourth Italian-language film, “Remember Me,” which will shoot this summer.
Produced, like Muccino’s earlier films, by Domenico Procacci for his Fandango banner, the bittersweet comedy-drama about two generations of the same family is scheduled for domestic release next year on Valentine’s Day.