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Procacci lines up three projects

'Space,' 'Cosmonauta,' Ozpetek pic on slate

VENICE — Domenico Procacci, the prominent Italo producer behind “Gomorrah” and Ferzan Ozpetek’s Venice competish drama “A Perfect Day,” has a trio of new projects in the pipeline, including an adaptation of the latest tome by prizewinning Italo scribe Valeria Parrella.

Shooting is set to start early next year on “Lo Spazio Bianco” (The White Space), based on Parrella’s Naples-set novel about a young woman who as a remedial school teacher imparts Dante to truck drivers, while undergoing a complicated pregnancy.

Francesca Comencini, whose multi-strand corruption drama “Our Country” unspooled in Rome last year, is attached to helm “Space.”

Comencini has penned a first draft of the “Space” screenplay with Nanni Moretti’s co-scribe of late, Francesca Pontremoli. Pontremoli’s credits include “Quiet Chaos” and “The Caiman.”

Procacci, a rare case of an Italo producer who takes chances on tyros, is also shepherding a first work, a coming-of-age tale titled “Cosmonauta,” to be helmed by Susanna Nicchiarelli, a graduate of Rome’s Centro Sperimentale Film School who has collaborated with Moretti.

Nicchiarelli has penned the pic with co-scribe Teresa Ciabatti. Ciabatti’s credits include smash Italo teen romancer “Three Steps Over Heaven.”

Last but not least Procacci confirmed that Ozpetek has inked with his Fandango shingle for his next project, “possibly a comedy,” though that still needs to be defined. “We have two ideas we are toying with,” said Procacci.

Ozpetek, a rare case of an Italo auteur with big box office appeal, has therefore reupped with the Fandango stable, providing Procacci with a definite slate driver.

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