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Wong Kar-wai tipped to make film about Gucci family

The feature will centre around the murder of Maurizio Gucci, the founder’s grandson and the house’s former CEO

Cult Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar-wai is reportedly making a film about the Gucci family. The director, who is known for his richly cinematic style and movies such as In The Mood For Love (2000), often takes three or four years breaks between each film he makes. His last, Grandmaster (2013), followed the story of story of martial-arts master Ip Man, the man who trained Bruce Lee, and was nominated for two Oscars.

This film is yet to be given a title, but will centre around the murder of Maurizio Gucci, the grandson of Guccio Gucci (who founded the fashion house in 1921) and the company’s former CEO. Maurizio was killed in 1995 by a hired gunman who, it later transpired, had been sent by his ex-wife Patrizia Reggiani.

According to The Film Stage, Ridely Scott was originally slated to direct the feature, with Angelina Jolie, Leonardo DiCaprio and Penelope Cruz set to appear in it.

When news of this Scott-directed film reached the surviving members of the Gucci family back in 2007, however, it wasn’t recieved well – Patrizia, the niece of Maurizio, said she was “surprised and upset” that it was being made. “The film is not authorised (by the family) and if it presents the story of our family in an offensive manner, we will try to block it,” she said.

The reality is, though, that in the eyes of the law, filmmakers don’t necessarily need permission to tell the story of a person’s life. They’re even allowed to bend the facts slightly, as long as they’re clear about what actually did or did not happen. 

The cast for this film is yet to be revealed, though Margot Robbie is rumoured to star.

This news comes amid a slew of upcoming fashion-related films and TV shows – an Alexander McQueen biopic is on the way (with Jack O’Connell playing the lead), as well as a film about Gianni Versace starring Antonio Banderas.