There is great expectation surrounding “New Moon”, the sequel to Twilight, based on the bestseller by Stephenie Meyer, a story of love and friendship between beautiful girls, vampires and werewolves.
Part of the novel is set in Volterra, which has now become a cult destination for the young fans of Meyer’s books.
No matter that the city of alabaster will be rebuilt for the movie in nearby Montepulciano which, according to director Chris Weitz, is more suitable for filming.
Work starts in May.
“We fell in love with Volterra and Montepulciano, as well as the whole region of Tuscany” explains a spokesperson for Summit Entertainment, the movie’s producer:
“Obviously Stephenie Meyer’s book is set in Volterra but, as often happens in movies, we had to take certain logistical requirements into consideration which led us to look for different locations and we decided to film in Montepulciano.
We hope to do justice to both Volterra and Montepulciano.”
However, Abbas Kiarostami will be the one to remind us that Tuscany is, first and foremost, art and beauty: he will be filming “Certified Copy” amidst the historical venues and gentle Tuscan landscapes of Lucignano, starting on 8th June.
This will be the film-maker’s reflection on art and its reproduction and, in a figurative sense, on love and the eternal duality between man-woman, rationality-sentiment.
The film stars Juliette Binoche and Sami Frey.
Director Paolo Virzì returns to his Livorno with a big cast comedy, “La prima cosa bella”, and will be filming amidst the city’s symbolic venues: the Bagni Pancaldi and the Ardenza.
The movie, which is about friendships and growing up from the early 70s to the present day, stars Micaela Ramazzotti, Stefania Sandrelli, Valerio Mastandrea and Claudia Pandolfi.
Another Tuscan, Leonardo Pieraccioni, has chosen Florence as the setting for part of his new movie, filming on which will begin in June.
A very different Florence will feature in the TV series “Il Mostro di Firenze “” The Monster of Florence”, filmed in April and May, directed by Antonello Grimaldi.
The series, produced by Wilder, will be broadcast on Fox Crime.
The six 45′ episodes will present the events and delicate court proceedings related to one of the most famous and mysterious crimes to thrill our country in the last thirty years.
In February and March, the Florentine hills, along with Pienza and the Hermitage of Vivo d’Orcia provided the sixteenth century setting for the Mediaset drama “Il Falco e la Colomba”.
This is a “cloak and dagger” story produced by DAP Italy, like “Elisa di Rivombrosa”, based on Stendhal’s novel “The Abbess of Castro”.
The drama is directed by Giorgio Serafini, who will be returning to Tuscany very soon to film the third series of “Gente di mare” (having already directed the previous series) on the Tuscan archipelago, based on the island of Elba.
The 18 episode series (36 hours) will be broadcast in the prime time slot on Rai Uno, and is produced by Carlo degli Esposti’s Palomar.