Rome-set tale set for summer release

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all North American and U.K. rights to Woody Allen’s next film, “Nero Fiddled,” starring Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penelope Cruz, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig and Ellen Page.

It’s the fifth Allen film that Sony Classics has handled. The distrib plans to release the comedy this summer.

Pic is set in contempo Rome and consists of four separate vignettes — two with American characters, two with Italian characters — but the vignettes never intersect.

In October, Allen changed the title of the film from “The Bop Decameron” to “Nero Fiddled,” explaining that people didn’t understand the working title.

“Nero” is produced by Letty Aronson, Steve Tenenbaum, Giampaulo Letta and Faruk Alatan. Pic is a Medusa film and Gravier production and marks the first film that Allen has shot in Rome.

Sony Classics has taken in nearly $60 million in domestic grosses from “Midnight in Paris,” Allen’s top-grossing film. It also previously handled Allen’s “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger,” “Whatever Works” and “Sweet and Lowdown.”

“I’ve had a number of very good experiences working with Sony Classics, culminating most recently with ‘Midnight in Paris,’ ” Allen said in a statement. “They seem to be very sensitive to the kind of films I make, and I’m looking forward to working with them now again.”

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