Ligabue dials ‘Zero’

Italo rocker plans pic return with 'Radiofreccia'

ROME — Italian rock star Luciano Ligabue is going back on his vow never to direct another film, starting work on “From Zero to Ten” this summer.

He had declared that his successful 1998 debut as writer-director, “Radiofreccia,” would be “unrepeatable due to the uniqueness of the experience and of the inspiration. I didn’t expect that a new story would come along and bring this good fortune back into my life.”

Ligabue’s sophomore feature will have a $4.5 million budget, financed and distributed by Medusa Film, and produced by Domenico Procacci for Fandango.

“Radiofreccia” grossed a hefty $4.5 million in domestic release and earned Ligabue an honor for debuting director at 1999’s David di Donatello Awards, Italy’s main national film kudos.

Scripted by Ligabue from his own story, the new project has echoes of “The Big Chill,” centering on friends in their mid- to late 30s reunited for a weekend. Cast includes Massimo Bellinzoni and Elisabetta Cavalotti.

“Radiofreccia” was the first Italian film promoted with a hit single and video, and Ligabue will record the title song for “From Zero to Ten,” to be released, accompanied by a video, on the eve of the film’s domestic opening in February.