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ROME — Italian state film entity Istituto Luce has slapped a E6 million ($7.8 million) lawsuit on U.S. helmer Abel Ferrara, citing breach of his contract to direct comedy “Go Go Tales,” which had presold to several territories.

Luce claims Ferrara had agreed to begin shooting Jan. 10 at Rome’s Cinecitta Studios. Pic about a Manhattan lapdance bar stars Robert Carlyle (“The Full Monte”) and supermodel Naomi Campbell.

The New York-based helmer, whose pics include “The Bad Lieutenant,” refused to sign a court summons served to him in Rome, where he has been living for several months, according to a Luce statement Tuesday. Ferrara’s contract with Luce and Italy’s Gam Films to shoot “Go Go Tales” was inked last April.

Luce and Gam, who are co-producing “Go Go” in partnership with France’s Vision Production and the U.K.’s Aquarius, say Ferrara has not contacted them since October.

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Ferrara announced another project at the Venice Film Festival in September. He said he intended to make the eclectic Bible-themed drama “Mary,” starring Vincent Gallo as a director obsessed with the life of Christ.

Vision presold “Go Go” during November’s AFM market to several small territories.

Ferrara could not be reached for comment.