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Federico Fellini's classic La Dolce Vita will be getting a remake

07.09.2015

Just two weeks ago, news came down that DAS BOOT would be getting remade. Now, another film regarded as a classic is getting a second adaptation. This time, however, the film is one of the seminal works of cinema from any country in the world: LA DOLCE VITA.

From renowned filmmaker Federico Fellini, LA DOLCE VITA told the story of Marcello Rubini, a journalist writing for gossip magazines, over seven days and nights on his journey through the "sweet life" of Rome in a fruitless search for love and happiness. Winner of the 1960 Palm D'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, LA DOLCE VITA made a household name out of Marcello Mastroianni. Screen siren Anita Ekberg also became an icon thanks to her memorable scene in the Trevi Fountain.

Deadline reports that Fellini's last remaining relative, his niece Francesca, signed the rights for the film to be remade. She issued this statement.

We’ve been approached countless times and asked to consider everything from remakes and re-imaginings to prequels and sequels. We knew it would take very special producers and compelling circumstances to motivate the family to allow rights to be optioned. Daniele, Andrea and Monika have a beautiful vision of a modern film, and considering their Italian heritage and deep appreciation and understanding of my uncle’s works, there couldn’t be a better alignment for this project.”

The film is being contemporized and is being called an "homage" rather than a remake, but it appears that it will follow the same plot and feature the same title. No cast has been announced yet, but like DAS BOOT, the new LA DOLCE VITA will be remade in it's original language rather than a Hollywood studio. While that doesn't make an unnecessary remake any less unnecessary, at least this will not star Jennifer Lopez and Channing Tatum.

I am not a fan of reaching back to perfect movies to tell them again, this is not a trend that is going to be going away any time soon. We used to joke about CITIZEN KANE or GONE WITH THE WIND being remade, but I think that is becoming more and more of a possibility as studios run out of original ideas.

Source: Deadline

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10:29PM on 07/09/2015

It's already been remade.

It's called CELEBRITY and it was directed by Woody Allen. LA GRANDE BELLEZZA was also heavily inspired by it.

PeJota is right. LA DOLCE VITA became a classic because it was the visual expression of a specific filmmaker, not for having a transcendent plot, iconic performances or technical achievements.
It's called CELEBRITY and it was directed by Woody Allen. LA GRANDE BELLEZZA was also heavily inspired by it.

PeJota is right. LA DOLCE VITA became a classic because it was the visual expression of a specific filmmaker, not for having a transcendent plot, iconic performances or technical achievements.
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6:29PM on 07/09/2015
No.
This isn't some plot-driven or high-concept movie from long ago that "needs" to be updated for the kids. This is a character study about a paparazzo sort of meandering through his pretty sweet, hedonistic life over the course of a week with some moments of reflection and introspection, culminating in an attempted orgy that turns into a drunken pillow fight.

What's next they're gonna try to remake 8 1/2? Oh wait....
No.
This isn't some plot-driven or high-concept movie from long ago that "needs" to be updated for the kids. This is a character study about a paparazzo sort of meandering through his pretty sweet, hedonistic life over the course of a week with some moments of reflection and introspection, culminating in an attempted orgy that turns into a drunken pillow fight.

What's next they're gonna try to remake 8 1/2? Oh wait....
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6:37PM on 07/09/2015
When I see "Oh wait..." it usually means it's too late. So, have they remade 8 1/2? Or are you just afraid they will? Because I don't KNOW of an 8 1/2 remake. Not that I'VE heard of.
When I see "Oh wait..." it usually means it's too late. So, have they remade 8 1/2? Or are you just afraid they will? Because I don't KNOW of an 8 1/2 remake. Not that I'VE heard of.
7:56PM on 07/09/2015
Nine starring Daniel Day-Lewis is basically a modern version of 8 1/2. And yes it sucks balls.
Nine starring Daniel Day-Lewis is basically a modern version of 8 1/2. And yes it sucks balls.
10:29PM on 07/09/2015
Oh shit, that's right. My bad.
Oh shit, that's right. My bad.
10:31PM on 07/09/2015
NINE was adapted from a stage musical, so it wasn't a direct remake. Even if it had been, I'd rather watch a classic remade as a musical than remade with very little changes (like most remakes).
NINE was adapted from a stage musical, so it wasn't a direct remake. Even if it had been, I'd rather watch a classic remade as a musical than remade with very little changes (like most remakes).
6:07PM on 07/09/2015
Could someone living in the Los Angeles area go and start kicking studio executives in the genitals? We can't have these assholes breeding.
Could someone living in the Los Angeles area go and start kicking studio executives in the genitals? We can't have these assholes breeding.
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