Helmer-scribe preps bestseller for bigscreen

Hollywood-based Argentine helmer-scribe Gabriela Tagliavini is prepping “The Anatomist’s Secret,” a true story about the 16th century Italian surgeon who discovered the clitoris.

Pic is based on Federico Andahazi’s bestseller — which caused an uproar in his native Argentina, where it won the prestigious Fortabat Foundation award, and was published in 30 countries.

The $10 million adaptation is fully funded by two private equity financiers in Italy with “The Merchant of Venice” co-producer Andrea Iervolino producing. Principal photography is slated for March and April in Italy.

“I would describe it as a comedy with heart,” said Tagliavini who plans a colorful and surreal pic, almost Fellini-esque or Almodovarian in tone. “There is a dream sequence where a vagina talks to [the surgeon],” she said.

The novel tells the story of Mateo Colombo, whose yearning for an Italian courtesan leads him to search for the physical source of love.

Plans are for an American or British lead while supporting cast will be European.

Tagliavini’s helming credits include Disney’s 2004 Mexican hit comedy “Ladies’ Night”; “Without Men” starring Eva Longoria and Christian Slater; and “Border Run,” starring Sharon Stone.

Tagliavini is repped by Ramses Ishak and Michael Sheresky at UTA, manager Carlos Bobadilla at Haven and attorney Todd Rubenstein at Morris Yorn Barnes Levine Krintzman Rubenstein Kohner and Gellman.

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