Par taps Berloff to pen biopic

Paramount Pictures has tapped scribe Andrea Berloff to pen a feature based on the Gucci family. Ridley Scott is attached to direct.

Scott’s Scott Free production shingle would produce along with Giannina Facio who brought the project to Ridley and crew. The exact storyline is unclear, although it is known to span many years and several locales tracking the lives of the Gucci clan, known for creating one of the elite fashion houses and putting its stamp on the fashion biz over the course of decades.

However, behind the scenes the family dynasty was marred by soap opera-style drama: Paolo Gucci almost sent his father, Aldo Gucci, to prison for tax fraud; Maurizio Gucci was murdered in 1995; and his widow, Patrizia Gucci, was convicted three years later of ordering his assassination.

Scott likely won’t make a decision on whether the Gucci biopic will be his next project until a new draft of the script comes in. He and Berloff will collaborate on the story.

Scott currently is working on the Universal Pictures gritty drama “American Gangster,” with Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe.

Berloff previously worked with Par on the studio’s upcoming “World Trade Center,” directed by Oliver Stone.

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