The upcoming film Gucci, about the luxury Italian fashion house, has become a family affair both on and offscreen, as Ridley Scott‘s daughter Jordan Scott has replaced him as director of the story about Maurizio Gucci, grandson of the brand’s founder, and heir to the empire, who was gunned down in 1995.
The real starring role of the film though is that of Maurizio’s wife Patrizia, who in 1999 was jailed for ordering that murder of her husband. The part was formerly tied to Angelina Jolie a few years ago when the elder Scott was directing, but now focus has shifted to Penelope Cruz. For more on the project and how Gucci has a surprising link to Hollywood, hit the jump.
Though the film has been stalled for many years and undergone a number of writing changes (all while at Scott Free), the original idea was pitched in 2006 with a script by Andrea Berloff (World Trade Center). Gucci has been interested in keeping the project afloat for brand profile and recognition in the wake of Tom Ford leaving the fashion house in 2004 (from which it has never fully recovered).
Gucci’s interest in film goes beyond its own brand though, as The Wrap reports, the company has given in excess of $2 million to Martin Scorsese to aid in the restoration of old films such as Fellini‘s La Dolce Vida and Sergio Leone‘s Once Upon a Time in America, as well as funding film scholarships and a weekly film series at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.