Federico Fellini's 'La Dolce Vita' Next Classic Film Up for a Remake

July 9, 2015
Source: Deadline

La Dolce Vita

Another day, another remake. They're currently remaking Ben-Hur, so why not remake almost everything else? AMBI Group out of Italy has announced plans to remake Federico Fellini's Oscar winning 1960 classic La Dolce Vita. The project will be financed & produced by AMBI with Italian producer Daniele Di Lorenzo through his production company LDM Productions. It's already being described as an "homage" remake to the original Fellini film, which starred Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg. Either this news will cause you to flip over a table in rage, or leave you numb, since remakes are only getting more and more plentiful.

Here's a quote from Francesca Fellini, niece of Federico Fellini, in the press release commenting on how this particular remake came about and why she's not worried about it turning out bad or ruining the original.

“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,” she said in a statement. “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.”

Fellini's La Dolce Vita premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 1960, where it won Palme d'Or, then hit US theaters in 1961 where it eventually won the Oscar for Best Costume Design (and was nominated for three other Oscars including Best Picture). The film tells a series of stories following a week in the life of a philandering paparazzo Marcello Rubini living in Rome. "Our vision is of a contemporary story every bit as commercial, iconic and award-worthy as the original. These are big aspirations of course, but we have to be bold if we want to match the imprint of the original film and have the utmost confidence this vision will play out beautifully." It sounds like they've got an idea together that impressed the Fellini family, so if that's the case, let's see what they're planning. In the meantime - grab the Blu-ray and go watch Fellini's original film.

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Sure, why not? Fellini's work has been out of the zeitgeist for decades now.

DAVIDPD on Jul 9, 2015


no, it hasn't. that's why...

Butchy Butch on Jul 9, 2015


u don't know anything about fellini (or zeitgeist for that matter). go comment on fanboy stuff and leave the serious Films to people who can appreciate true art.

dr pepper on Jul 10, 2015


Go out and ask some one from the typical viewing audience who Fellini was and his importance to cinema, and see how many blank looks you receive. That's because he is (sadly) not a part of the zeitgeist. I am happy you seem to be quite passionate about Fellini and his work. I am too, by the way. But you do not have to be such a dickhead about it. // Enjoy your life.

DAVIDPD on Jul 11, 2015


Um.. zeitgeist doesn't mean what's hip or what's "now". Fellini's movies were, are and will be zeitgeist of their time. That isn't someting you loose over time.

Butchy Butch on Jul 11, 2015


I am not really in the mood to debate semantics, but I will agree that Fellini films were in the zeitgeist of their time. But that is exactly my point. They are not in today's zeitgeist. Most of the movie going audience today, does not know nor care who Fellini was. Making this remakes would actually be kind of good so that his films could once again enter into the cinematic zeitgeist. // The way I was taught to use "zeitgeist" was the general outlook/attitude in a specific time. I am sorry if my meaning was not made more clear initially.

DAVIDPD on Jul 11, 2015


Most of the audience today won't even appreciate remake, so why bother, considering they're more interested in Transformers than some niche or indie movies. Those who are into cinema, know exactly who Fellini was and know his movies well. Also, those weren't the kind of movies with linear clear narratives easly adaptive for new approach. They don't use simple archetypes that are easily transferrable for todays audiences.There is really no need and no actual reason for remake of that kind of movies whatsoever. Why would one want to repaint Sistine Chapel? That's just silly and unnecessary.

Butchy Butch on Jul 11, 2015


I respect your integrity. Thanks for being civil. Your points are understood and appreciated. I respectfully disagree, but nonetheless I can see your point-of-view. Have a nice day!

DAVIDPD on Jul 11, 2015


Then they can remake the sequel, The Great Beauty. Surely it will surpass the original masterpiece just like 8 1/2 remake did?

bumboclot on Jul 9, 2015


Get the fuck out of here....

TheOct8pus on Jul 10, 2015

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