Francesco Zippel's Sergio Leone doc, which premieres on Tuesday at the Venice Film Festival, is the first portrait of the Italian master made with full support of his children Raffaella and Andrea.Titled "Sergio Leone: The Man Who Invented America," the high-profile doc is premiering in the Venice Classics section for docs on cinema. It features an impressive list of voices holding forth on what makes Leone special for them. Among these are: Clint Eastwood, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino,...
Leone Film Group
Co-Owner / CEO
Leone has spent years carving her own identity as the producer of such films as “Playing for Keeps” (2012) and “Fathers and Daughters” (2015). But she had no problem exploring the legacy of her legendary spaghetti-western director father in her latest project for Leone Film Group, the documentary “Sergio Leone: The Italian Who Invented America,” which premiered at the Venice Film Festival in September. The year also saw her team with Disney+ Italy to produce director Paolo Genovese’s upcoming eight-part miniseries “The Lions of Sicily,” based on Stefania Auci’s multigenerational historical novel “The Florios of Sicily,” and expand her company’s pact with user-generated fiction platform Wattpad — initiated with a 2021 deal to do a feature adaptation of Blair Holden’s “The Bad Boy’s Girl” — to co-develop feature films with its entertainment arm, Wattpad Webtoon Studios.