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PRODUCTION TV / Italy

Romanzo Criminale and Quo Vadis, Baby? remade for small screen

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Michele Placido’s Romanzo Criminale [+see also:
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and Quo Vadis, Baby? by Gabriele Salvatores, both highly successful literary adaptations, are about to be re-adapted for the small screen.

The projects mark Sky Cinema’s production television debut and will be broken down into an overall 18 episodes: 12 of Placido’s film (to be broadcast in autumn 2008) and six of Salvatores’ (airing next spring).

The television version of Romanzo criminale, a Sky/Cattleya co-production, whose director has not yet been announced, will be supervised by the novel’s writer Giancarlo De Cataldo, with Placido acting as artistic consultant.

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"This is a great challenge", said Placido, "with a new cast, the selection of which I’ll oversee, although I wouldn’t mind leaving some elements of continuity from the film. We’re taking an original approach in working on the language, the characters and their behaviour".

The series based on Quo Vadis, Baby? will be directed by Guido Chiesa and once again star Angela Baraldi, while Salvatores will co-produce the film for Colorado Film.

"The character of Giorgia Cantini will change radically with respect to the film", announced Salvatores. "The reserved, introverted woman will become an extroverted character placed within society".

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(Translated from Italian)

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