Italians pick up Cameron's novel

Italian producer Elda Ferri (“Life Is Beautiful”) has teamed up with Brit producer John Heyman’s World Prods. to co-produce “Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You,” a Manhattan-set coming-of-age tale that Italy’s Roberto Faenza will helm in English.

Adaptation of the eponymous novel by U.S. writer Peter Cameron will topline young Brit thesp Toby Regbo (“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”) as 18-year-old James Sveck, a Holden Caulfield-like character contending with his dysfunctional family amid New York’s art-world milieu.

Published in the U.S. in 2007, “Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You,” Cameron’s eighth work of fiction, has been well-received, making Amazon.com’s top 10 editors picks, and widely translated.

“We managed to obtain the movie rights because the book came out in Italy (in translation) before being published in the U.S.,” Ferri said.

Faenza has previously made several English-language films, most of which based on literary works, including “The Case of Unfaithful Klara,” nominated for a 2009 Golden Globe.

Project is being set up as rare Italy/U.S. collaboration, thanks to a special dispensation from the Italian Culture ministry, given that the two countries do not have a co-production treaty.

Shooting is set to start in New York in mid-July. Post will be done in Italy.

Screenplay is co-penned by Cameron with Faenza and Dahlia Heyman.

Ferri’s Rome-based Jean Vigo shingle and RAI Cinema are co-producing the $8 million pic with Heyman’s World Film Group. RAI Cinema will release in Italy.

International sales, which will kick off in Cannes, are being handled by World Film Group.

Several of Cameron’s novels have previously been adapted for the bigscreen, including “The City of Your Final Destination,” helmed by James Ivory.

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