Luca Guadagnino in talks to direct Lord of the Flies adaptation

Luca Guadagnino is in talks to direct a new screen adaptation of William Golding’s classic novel Lord of the Flies. The Oscar-nominated filmmaker is in negotiations to direct Warner Bros.’ latest adaptation of the 1954 novel, which follows a group of…

Luca Guadagnino is in talks to direct a new screen adaptation of William Golding’s classic novel Lord of the Flies.

The Oscar-nominated filmmaker is in negotiations to direct Warner Bros.’ latest adaptation of the 1954 novel, which follows a group of young male boarding school students that end up stranded on an island and devolve into savages.

According to editors at Variety, the Call Me by Your Name director is also in talks to serve as producer with his producing partner Marco Morabito, while Known Universe, the production company founded by Lindsey Beer, Nicole Perlman and Geneva Robertson-Dworet, is negotiations to executive produce.

The project has been in development at the film studio since 2017, when it reacquired the rights to Golding’s novel. That year, it was announced that Scott McGehee and David Siegel would write and direct a gender-bending version of the tale, with the boys being replaced by girls.

Insiders have told Variety that the plan has been scrapped and it will follow schoolboys like the source material, as Guadagnino and his producers reportedly wish to make a movie “that stays true to the text but with a contemporary, ultra-kinetic feel.”

It is not known when the Italian filmmaker will begin work on the production, as he has many other projects in the pipeline. The Suspiria helmer is currently in pre-production on the HBO miniseries We Are Who We Are, attached to direct Blood on the Tracks, based on Bob Dylan’s 1975 album of the same name, and is also working on a sequel to Call Me by Your Name.

Lord of the Flies has previously been adapted for the screen by Peter Brook in 1963 and Harry Hook in 1990.

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Giorgio Armani to head up Fashion Film Festival Milano jury

Giorgio Armani has been appointed president of the 2019 Fashion Film Festival Milano jury. The Italian designer and his fellow jury members will judge 200 fashion films from 50 countries and award 17 winners competing in two different categories: Est…

Giorgio Armani has been appointed president of the 2019 Fashion Film Festival Milano jury.

The Italian designer and his fellow jury members will judge 200 fashion films from 50 countries and award 17 winners competing in two different categories: Established Talent and New Talent.

“Giorgio Armani immediately accepted our invitation with great enthusiasm. He was definitely the first to create a strong link between fashion and cinema and he is also so representative of the city of Milan that we thought he would have been the perfect godfather of the festival’s new format,” Fashion Film Festival Milano founder Constanza Cavalli Etro told WWD.

Armani, 84, will be joined on the jury by photographer Cass Bird, Oskar Metsavaht, founder of Brazilian fashion brand Osklen, Somali model Waris Dirie, fashion critic Angelo Flaccavento, Ezra Petronio from Self Service magazine, and Sissy Vian from Vogue Japan, among others.

They will also help decide who will win the inaugural Best New Italian Fashion Designer or Brand prize, which will honour the most talented up-and-coming fashion house in Italy.

The companies and personalities taking part in the film festival this year include Prada, Chanel, Gucci, Stella McCartney, Givenchy, Balenciaga, Miu Miu, model/actress Suki Waterhouse, Call Me by Your Name director Luca Guadagnino, and German filmmaker Wim Wenders.

The Fashion Film Festival Milano used to take place during Milan Fashion Week, but the sixth edition has been moved to bring more attention to the event, and will be held at the Anteo Palazzo Del Cinema theatre between 6 and 10 November.

“All the screenings are free and the talks are fully open to the public. This is something crucial for us, something we fight for and which enables us to be the most prestigious fashion film festival in the world,” Etro added.

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Luca Guadagnino designs print for Fendi’s spring 2020 menswear collection

Luca Guadagnino has collaborated with Fendi on a print for its spring 2020 menswear collection.The Call Me by Your Name filmmaker has teamed up with Silvia Venturini Fendi, creative director of men’s and accessories, on a special design, which will be …

Luca Guadagnino has collaborated with Fendi on a print for its spring 2020 menswear collection.

The Call Me by Your Name filmmaker has teamed up with Silvia Venturini Fendi, creative director of men’s and accessories, on a special design, which will be unveiled on Monday at the Italian fashion house’s new location, a neoclassic 18th-century villa in Milan.

In a teaser image released to WWD, the print appears to be an abstract chequered pattern with painterly brushstrokes laid over the top.

Guadagnino first worked with Fendi on a short film in 2006, and later partnered with the label to launch the First Sun production company, which produced the director’s 2009 film I Am Love, starring Tilda Swinton.

Back in 2012, the 47-year-old also founded production company Frenesy Film, which was created specifically for taking on projects with major fashion brands. In addition to Fendi, Guadagnino has worked on short films and commercials with other high-fashion labels including Giorgio Armani, Ermenegildo Zegna, Cartier, and Valentino.

Serge Brunschwig, chairman and chief executive officer of Fendi, revealed the collaboration during an interview at the luxury brand’s new dedicated menswear pop-up store at the 16th-century Palazzo Carcassola-Grandi in Milan.

Located near Fendi’s boutique in the city, the store will preview the men’s fall 2019 collection designed by Venturini Fendi and inspired by the late Karl Lagerfeld, who passed away at the age of 85 in February.

The pop-up will be in place for three months, which Brunschwig called “an important moment for Fendi Man”.

Tributes to Lagerfeld will also be in place at the Palazzo Carcassola Grandi, with the walls at the entrance covered with a collage print of the German-born designer’s handwritten notes, images, and sketches.

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Armie Hammer unsure about revisiting Call Me By Your Name for sequel

Actor Armie Hammer fears a sequel to Call Me By Your Name will only lead to “disappointment” because the Oscar-nominated gay love story was so well received. The Social Network star teamed up with Timothee Chalamet to play lovers in the 2017 romantic …

Actor Armie Hammer fears a sequel to Call Me By Your Name will only lead to “disappointment” because the Oscar-nominated gay love story was so well received.

The Social Network star teamed up with Timothee Chalamet to play lovers in the 2017 romantic drama, and, after winning critical acclaim, writer/director Luca Guadagnino began brainstorming ideas for a follow-up.

Last year (18), Armie insisted he would jump at the opportunity to revisit the characters with the same cast and crew once more, but now it appears he’s having second thoughts, because he doesn’t want to ruin the magic of the original movie with a less-than-impressive sequel.

“The truth is, there have been really loose conversations about it (a sequel), but at the end of the day – I’m sort of coming around to the idea that the first one was so special for everyone who made it, and so many people who watched it felt like it really touched them, or spoke to them,” Armie mused to Vulture. “And it felt like a really perfect storm of so many things, that if we do make a second one, I think we’re setting ourselves up for disappointment. I don’t know that anything will match up to the first, you know?”

Hammer admits he has yet to discuss his evolving feelings with Chalamet and Guadagnino, although it really all depends on the script.

“I haven’t had that conversation with them explicitly. But I mean, look: if we end up with an incredible script, and Timmy’s in, and Luca’s in, I’d be an a**hole to say no,” he shared. “But at the same time, I’m like, ‘That was such a special thing, why don’t we just leave that alone?'”

For now, Armie has enough on his plate to work on – he is currently promoting thriller Hotel Mumbai, and is set to star in a new adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, which will begin filming this summer (19).

He has also been linked to blockbuster projects like The Invisible Man and Matt Reeves’ forthcoming The Batman – but Hammer insists he knows nothing about those roles, and has no idea how the rumours started.

“I get asked about that (The Invisible Man), and also about Batman: ‘Are you gonna do Batman?’ I’m like, ‘No…’ They’re like, ‘Are you gonna do the Invisible Man?’ And I’m like, ‘Who is making these calls?! No!'”

Johnny Depp had previously been tapped to feature in the planned reboot of The Invisible Man, but is no longer involved, while Ben Affleck officially withdrew from The Batman project earlier this year.

Reeves, who stepped in to replace Affleck as director, has yet to unveil who will tackle the superhero role.

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Timothee Chalamet: ‘Armie Hammer brings so much to set’

Armie Hammer left a lasting impression on Timothee Chalamet when they filmed Call Me by Your Name.The 2017 drama was a massive hit with both moviegoers and critics, and bagged the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay at the 2018 Academy Awards.A sequel is…

Armie Hammer left a lasting impression on Timothee Chalamet when they filmed Call Me by Your Name.

The 2017 drama was a massive hit with both moviegoers and critics, and bagged the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay at the 2018 Academy Awards.

A sequel is in the works, bringing Armie, Timothee, and director Luca Guadagnino back together, and reflecting on the original, 23-year-old Timothee revealed how impressed he was with his older co-star.

“It’s a scary thing, as the last thing you want to do as an actor is throw your eyebrows all over an expression of love. Yet Armie had this idea of shooting the scene on a single track and Luca agreed. And it worked. I could never have offered something like that up and it just goes to show what a feel Armie has for the medium,” he praised of the 32-year-old to British GQ. “I mean, he’s an amazing guy. He checks all ‘-isms’ at the door, if you know what I mean.”

Armie has been just as complimentary back, previously telling Variety that the Oscar nominee’s career has nothing to do with luck, and everything to do with talent.

“Timmy was born to do exactly what he is doing,” he said. “He has been giving quality performances his entire life; we as the spectators were just slow on the uptake to appreciate him. I guess we weren’t really that slow considering he is one of the youngest nominees for an Academy Award ever.”

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Author Andre Aciman begins work on Call Me by Your Name sequel

Call Me by Your Name author Andre Aciman wants a sequel so much that he’s begun writing one.Aciman’s first novel was published in 2007, with director Luca Guadagnino and screenplay writer James Ivory giving it the big screen treatment a decade later.Th…

Call Me by Your Name author Andre Aciman wants a sequel so much that he’s begun writing one.

Aciman’s first novel was published in 2007, with director Luca Guadagnino and screenplay writer James Ivory giving it the big screen treatment a decade later.

The coming of age love story starred Timothee Chalamet and Armie Hammer and received rave reviews and four Oscar nods, with Ivory taking home the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

And it looks like Aciman is now officially on board for a follow-up after he tweeted on Tuesday (04Dec18): “I would actually love a sequel to Call Me by Your Name. In fact I am writing one.”

The news comes after Hammer, who played Chalamet’s older lover Oliver in the critically acclaimed flick, let slip that Guadagnino has begun working on a second film.

“Dude, he broke down the whole script for us,” Hammer told IndieWire. “I mean, it’s not a finished script, but he’s got all the ideas for it. Luca’s all gung-ho about it, and by the way, if Luca’s doing it, I think we’re all gung-ho about it.

“You know, the experience of making the first one was so pure and beautiful that it wouldn’t matter how big my role was. If the same people are involved, I’d do it all over again.”

Guadagnino also previously revealed the sequel would be based on the epilogue of Aciman’s novel and will follow Chalamet’s character Elio in a 1990s-set plot against the backdrop of the AIDS crisis.

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Alek Wek keen to show she ‘wears the clothes’

Alek Wek is looking forward to proving she “wears the clothes” at an upcoming hosting gig. The South Sudanese-British model is to co-host The Fashion Awards 2018 at London’s Royal Albert Hall alongside comedian Jack Whitehall on 10 December (18). Thou…

Alek Wek is looking forward to proving she “wears the clothes” at an upcoming hosting gig. 

The South Sudanese-British model is to co-host The Fashion Awards 2018 at London’s Royal Albert Hall alongside comedian Jack Whitehall on 10 December (18).

Though she’s forged an impressive modelling career which includes campaigns for labels like Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, and Moschino, Alek is excited to show that there’s more to her than the designer outfits she’s put in.

“I love that I can finally show I wear the bl**dy clothes, the clothes don’t wear me,” the 41-year-old smiled during an interview with The Sunday Times. “That’s the thing with Alek Wek – 5ft 11in, Dinka (ethnic group) features. We can’t deny that, you know?”

Alek, who also made her film debut this year in Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria, was the obvious choice as host according to Caroline Rush of the British Fashion Council, who praised “her great sense of fun, energy and humour”.

While the professionals are confident in their decision, Alek thinks her mother will have questions over her aptitude as an awards show presenter.

“My mum is gonna be like, ‘Who put her up there?'” she mimicked. “I said, ‘Never put Alek Wek on a stage!'”

The model currently lives in Brooklyn, New York but noted that London is a special city as it is the place she was first scouted as a teenager.

And as well as her presenting role, Alek is looking forward to catching up with her nieces who are based in the British fashion capital.

“They love fashion and clothes, so Auntie Alek is the most popular – you can’t fight with her too much! I will block you, because I’ve learnt the technology,” the star laughed. “They’re naughty, these kids nowadays.”

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Chloe Grace Moretz to make directorial debut in 2019

Chloe Grace Moretz will be making her directorial debut with a short film in 2019.The actress made the announcement during Saturday’s (17Nov18) Vulture Festival Panel alongside director Desiree Akhavan with whom she worked on one of her latest films, T…

Chloe Grace Moretz will be making her directorial debut with a short film in 2019.

The actress made the announcement during Saturday’s (17Nov18) Vulture Festival Panel alongside director Desiree Akhavan with whom she worked on one of her latest films, The Miseducation of Cameron Post. In the Q&A hosted by actress Tatum O’Neal at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, Chloe revealed that she had teamed up with one of her brothers to go behind the camera.

“My brother and I are actually co-directing for the first time next year,” the 21-year-old said, as reported by IndieWire. “We’re starting small, though, with a short film. We’re not trying to bite off more than we can chew.”

The Kick-Ass star has four brothers – Trevor, Colin, Brandon and Ethan – but did not specify which of her siblings she would be making her directorial debut alongside. And though she has contemplated taking the helm of her own feature for some time, working with Desiree taught her some of the intricacies behind the craft.

“You’re not just a director, you’re a conductor,” she said to the 34-year-old filmmaker. “I’ve made over 60 films now and that was the first time in my career when I felt that energy on set and that amount of respect.”

Chloe also recently starred in Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria, and is providing the voice of Wednesday Addams in the upcoming animated adaptation of The Addams Family, as well as the voice of Snow White in Red Shoes & the 7 Dwarfs. However, The Miseducation of Cameron Post marked a particularly special project for the film star.

“This is a project that gave me the ability to partner my love of my art with my activism and be able to have a socially aware, socially progressive project but in an entertaining, funny, attainable way,” she smiled.

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Dakota Johnson shot secret second role in Suspiria

Actress Dakota Johnson took on double duty for new horror remake Suspiria by secretly playing twins in a brief clip. The Fifty Shades of Grey star takes on the lead role of Susie in Luca Guadagnino’s revamped film, but the director reveals she also pl…

Actress Dakota Johnson took on double duty for new horror remake Suspiria by secretly playing twins in a brief clip.

The Fifty Shades of Grey star takes on the lead role of Susie in Luca Guadagnino’s revamped film, but the director reveals she also played a second part as her character’s twin sister Naomi in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it shot during the movie’s opening sequence.

“For a second in the main titles at the beginning: (you see Dakota as) her sister looming there,” he shared in an interview with Vulture.

Luca suggests he had initially intended for Naomi to have a larger part in the Suspiria story, but he ended up cutting it down to the brief glimpse.

“She (Dakota) plays two roles, but the second role is not in the movie that is coming out,” said the Call Me by Your Name filmmaker, who also worked with the actress on his 2015 drama A Bigger Splash.

“She’s really bombastic, and she’s really bold,” Luca gushed about Dakota’s style of acting. “She doesn’t shy away. She goes for it. She’s not pretty and nice and acting. She’s really committed to (just) be.”

The news of Dakota’s little-known second role in Suspiria comes less than two weeks after co-star Tilda Swinton confessed that she had used prosthetics and make-up to play 82-year-old first-time actor Lutz Ebersdorf, who portrays a psychoanalyst named Dr. Josef Klemperer onscreen, as part of an elaborate hoax for the movie.

Fans were quick to suspect Swinton was actually dressed up to play Ebersdorf after pictures comparing the two emerged online, but at the time, Guadagnino dismissed the suggestions as “fake news”.

Tilda eventually came clean in an email to The New York Times, and Luca explains the ruse even tricked half of the cast and crew, who thought Ebersdorf was a real German actor.

Joking about the future of Ebersdorf’s screen career, Luca added to Vulture, “He’s quite old. Maybe if he doesn’t die, we can hire him to do something else.”

Suspiria, a remake of Dario Argento’s 1977 original, centres on an aspiring dancer who enrols in an all-female dance academy in Berlin that she later discovers is run by a coven of witches.

It opens in theatres this week (ends26Oct18).

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Dakota Johnson finds fashion shoots ‘difficult’

Dakota Johnson finds it “difficult” to pose when participating in fashion photoshoots.The actress is currently promoting Suspiria, director Luca Guadagnino’s remake of the 1977 horror film of the same name, in which she plays a dancer who enrols at a p…

Dakota Johnson finds it “difficult” to pose when participating in fashion photoshoots.

The actress is currently promoting Suspiria, director Luca Guadagnino’s remake of the 1977 horror film of the same name, in which she plays a dancer who enrols at a prestigious dance academy plagued by unusual occurrences.

Dakota also teamed up Luca for a surrealist photoshoot with W Magazine to celebrate the project, and during an accompanying interview, explained that she felt uncharacteristically at ease during the shoot.

“For me, fashion shoots are difficult. I don’t really thrive in them,” she said. “I love clothes, I love fashion. But modelling – that’s not my bag. I’m just not the most comfortable. This shoot was different, though, because it was very much a character.”

Dakota went on to share that she and Luca dreamed up a backstory for the photoshoot and wanted her to play a “trapped housewife who completely loses her mind”.

The Fifty Shades of Grey star was also inspired by the costumes she wore in Suspiria, which were designed by Luca’s regular collaborator Giulia Piersanti.

“The costume department was so extraordinary – but that’s the way with all of Luca’s films. They had amazing vintage clothes and handmade pieces. There were some fabrics that I loved that I wanted to re-cover chairs in,” the 29-year-old smiled.

Meanwhile, Dakota appeared right at home on the red carpet at the London premiere of Suspiria on Tuesday night (16Oct18). The brunette beauty stepped out in a figure-hugging, strapless silver sequin gown from Gucci teamed with Cartier jewellery.

Her co-star Mia Goth opted to wear silver too, and chose a tiered Givenchy gown with spaghetti straps, while Tilda Swinton donned a black silk suit.

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