Dario Argento takes a stab at ‘Giallo’

Slasher film to star Asia Argento, Vincent Gallo

ROME — Italo horror-meister Dario Argento will shoot “Giallo,” an English-language homage to the genre that made him a cult helmer, with Vincent Gallo, and Argento’s daughter Asia Argento attached to star.

Ray Liotta is also in advanced negotiations to join the “Giallo” cast.

Argento’s latest thriller will revolve around serial slashings of some very attractive women being investigated by a solitary cop, which Liotta is likely to play, who engages in a cat-and-mouse game with the phsychopathic perpetrator, to be played by Gallo.

Los Angeles-based Arramis Films is co-producing with Argento’s own Rome-based Opera Film shingle. “Giallo” producer is Arramis topper Rafael Primorac while Opera’s Claudio Argento is the pic’s co-producer.

International sales are being handled by Los Angeles-based Hannibal Pictures, headed by Richard Rionda Del Castro, which will kick off “Giallo” presales at the upcoming EFM mart in Berlin.

The screenplay is by yank scribes Jim Agnew and Sean Keller.

Shooting on “Giallo” is set to start in February in Turin, the Northern Italian city where Argento shot his most recent slasher, “The Mother of Tears,” also starring Asia Argento. The Turin Piedmont Film Commission is providing production incentives.

True to its title, which means “yellow” in Italian and is the Italo term for pulpy thrillers, “Giallo” will aim to serve up the slasher thrills of Argento’s cult classics of the 70’s such as “The Bird with the Crystal Plumage,” “Suspiria,” and “Deep Red,” a stage musical version of which is currently starting its tour in Italy.

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