Everything We Know About Ridley Scott's Upcoming Gucci Murder Movie
Early last year, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story came along as a timely reminder of the kind of scandal that routinely plagues the glitzy world of high fashion. It's an industry full of money, power struggles, tales of succession and, in a couple of cases, murder.
Naturally, the combination of crime and glamour is like catnip to the wider public, so it stands to reason that perhaps the highest-profile murder story in fashion history is set to be told on the big screen, and it has some seriously big names behind it.
The film, which as of yet doesn't have a title, will tell the story of Maurizio Gucci, the great grandson of Guccio Gucci and the head of the legendary fashion house. Shortly after selling his stake in the label, in 1995 he was murdered by a hired hitman.The killing was later found to have been arranged by his ex-wife, socialite Patrizia Reggiani, who was convicted and served 18 years in prison for his murder.
Dubbed the "Black Widow" by the Italian press, her 1998 trial became one of the most talked about crime stories of the decade in Italy, and news of her time in prison, which included at least one suicide attempt, remained in the headlines well into the 21st century. Reggiani's daughters also attempted to have the decision overturned in a 2007 retrial, arguing that a brain tumour she developed in 1992 affected her behaviour.
She was eventually released in October 2016, after which a judge famously awarded her a £16 million in back-payments from her former husband's estate. Patrizia, who is now reportedly dying of related brain disease, has always denied her role in the killing.
According to sources close to the movie, the film will be directed by Sir Ridley Scott and, in her first acting turn since she earned herself an Academy Award nod in A Star is Born, Lady Gaga as the Black Widow in question.
NEWS: Lady Gaga to star as Patrizia Reggiani, ex-wife of Maurizio Gucci, who was convicted of his murder and spent 18 years in prison till 2016.
Gaga already worked with the director Ridley Scott on her FAME fragrance film. pic.twitter.com/yxLok7uweR— LVL GAGA (@LVLGAGA) November 1, 2019
The film will reunite Scott and Gaga, who previously worked together on the commercial for her perfume Fame, however the movie has had a particularly drawn out production process, having been in the works for nearly a decade with Angelina Jolie once slated to play Reggiani.
It'll be Scott's first film since he received three Golden Globe nominations for All The Money In The World, which also tells a story of crime and big money intrigue.
A release date is yet to be announced.