Lensing to begin in March; project also planned for TV pilot

ROME — Marking a radical departure from his customary dark dramas, Abel Ferrara (“Bad Lieutenant”) will shoot “Go Go Tales,” a screwball comedy about a Manhattan lap dance club starring Harvey Keitel and Asia Argento.

Cameras are set to roll at Rome’s Cinecitta Studios in March on the $4 million feature film, with parallel plans to turn the project into a TV pilot.

In “Go Go Tales,” Keitel — who played the degenerate cop in “Bad Lieutenant” — will be nudie bar owner Ray Ruby. Argento, who played a prostitute in Ferrara’s “New Rose Hotel,” will be one of the girls working the joint.

Supermodels Naomi Campbell and Eva Herzigova will also play lap dancers. Tim Roth and Gary Oldman are in talks to appear.

“Go Go Tales” is produced by Italian indie Andrea De Liberato’s Poetiche Cinematografiche with Istituto Luce, which will distribute theatrically in Italy. Talks are ongoing with partners from other territories.

De Liberato, a young but prolific producer whose credits include the mafia drama “Luna Rossa” (Red Moon), which unspooled in Venice in 2001, said “Go Go” will be “Ferrara’s most commercial movie.”

The helmer, whose work also includes “The Addiction” and “The Funeral,” is highly regarded in Italy. He will be the guest of honor at this week’s Rome Film Festival, where he is expected to attend a screening of the Rafi Pitts-directed docu “Ferrara: Not Guilty.”

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