Three years after “Gomorrah,” Italo helmer-scribe Matteo Garrone is prepping the drama “Big House” (working title) about the Italian obsession with appearing on TV in the Silvio Berlusconi age.
Garrone and Fandango producer Domenico Procacci are keeping details under wraps, but Garrone has long said he wanted to explore the effects of TV and tabloid celebrity on the contempo Italian psyche and the disconnect this creates with the real world.
The working title, “Big House,” refers in some way to the house in the “Big Brother” TV reality show, now in its 11th edition on Canale 5, owned by Berlusconi’s Mediaset.
Shooting is expected to start in May in Naples, the same city that served as location for mob drama “Gomorrah.”
Garrone is co-writing “Big House” with “Gomorrah” scribes Massimo Gaudioso, Ugo Chiti and Maurizio Braucci.