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Salvatores takes ‘Commands’

Film based on Ammaniti novel

ROME – Gabriele Salvatores will direct “Come dio comanda” (As God Commands), a dark father-and-son drama based on the eponymous novel by bestselling Italo author Niccolo Ammaniti.

Project in early development reunites Salvatores and the hot Italian scribe, following their collaboration on kidnapped child drama “I’m Not Scared,” released Stateside by Miramax.

Latest Salvatores adaptation of an Ammaniti tome will have a similar adolescent perspective, centering around 11-year-old Cristiano and his neo-Nazi dad, both outcasts in an Italo suburbia strewn with strip malls and cell phone shops.

RAI Cinema will co-produce with Salvatores’ customary producer, Maurizio Totti’s Colorado Film.

“I’m Not Scared” — Salvatores’ biggest box office success after his 1991 foreign Oscar-winning “Mediterraneo” — was co-produced by Colorado with Silvio Berlusconi-owned Medusa.

RAI Cinema recently purchased bigscreen rights to “Come dio comanda,” published last year in Italy by Berlusconi-owned Mondadori.

Salvatores also has English-language adventure pic “Un solo mondo” (“Cargo”) in development at Colorado. But that pic, set on a ship that travels the world, is proving tough to finance due to its big budget and logistical constraints.

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