Giuseppe Tornatore, what happened to Leningrad ?

by Marianne Wi

Giuseppe Tornatore, what is happening on the film front? I am only asking as it is now 2 years since Baaria and I do think it is time to get on with a new project, for me a documentay does not count I want a feature film. Leningrad, to be exact it feels as if it has been at the planning stage since the beginning of time, it has now finally moved into pre-production and is expected to be released in 2012 in the USA. There is only a limited amount of information on the web at the moment however the official storyline is (courtesy of Imdb.com)”The historical epic depicts the siege of Leningrad by the German army during World War II. The Russians suffered terrible losses but the Communists would not give up the birthplace of the Russian revolution” it will be an epic production and rumors has it that Al Pacino has already signed up and Tornatore will himself play a part. The screenplay is written by Sergio Leone and the music as always will be by the great Italian composer Ennio Morricone. Rumored estimated budget is $ 100,000,000.00, it is a production between Italy’s Medusa and USA’s Nu Image, I smell succsss. Of course, it also presents us with a history lesson something to be grateful for, I think you will agree.

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