After one brief fling in 1999 with Sweet and Lowdown, Sony Pictures Classics got back in the Woody Allen business in 2009 to produce Whatever Works, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, and Midnight in Paris. The partnership was especially lucrative this year, since Midnight Paris grossed $144 million worldwide on the way to major Oscar buzz. So it comes as no surprise when SPC announced today their acquisition of Allen’s next project, Nero Fiddled. Said Allen:
“[Sony Pictures Classics] seems to be very sensitive to the kind of films I make, and I’m looking forward to working with them now again.”
Set in Rome, Nero Fiddled is comprised of four vignettes—two center on American characters; the other two center on Italians. Allen will step in front of the camera for the first time since 2006′s Scoop to take on a starring role alongside Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penélope Cruz, Judy Davis, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig, and Ellen Page. The comedy is tentatively scheduled for a summer 2012 release. Read the press release after the jump.