Luca Guadagnino Says It’ll Take a ‘Miracle’ to Get His Star-Studded ‘Brideshead Revisited’ Series to HBO
Luca Guadagnino has apparently created another interesting must-see movie with the upcoming one”bones and all“, if you believe the hype coming from the Venice Film Festival, where he received an eight-and-a-half-minute standing ovation. But his cannibal love story isn’t the only project Guadagnino is talking about right now, as he also continues to beat the drum to get his “Brideshead revisited” series above ground.
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Speaking to Deadline, Luca Guadagnino opened up about the uphill battle he faces trying to get his ‘Brideshead Revisited’ remake on screen. The 10-episode series seemed to have it all while apparently in development at HBO and BBC. There was an all-star cast, an award-winning filmmaker, and beloved sources. But apparently the project came to a screeching halt when Guadagnino went to the studios and asked for $110 million.
“I had a great cast and I needed the money and the money I needed was $110 million, $11 million an episode, and there was no way to get it together” , said Guadagnino. “I was like, ‘I can’t compromise. It must be done as I want it done.
When it was announced, Guadagnino’s version of “Brideshead Revisited” was to play Andrew Garfield, Cate Blanchett, Ralph Fiennes, and Rooney Mara. And while they’re all busy actors, the filmmaker thinks he can bring them together again, if HBO and the BBC are able to greenlight the project with the budget he’s requested. But Guadagnino also understands that’s not likely at this stage. Yet he is an optimist.
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He added: “It is a very expensive project. I love this novel. I wrote with Benjamin Walters, the script, so it’s something so close to me. If the miracle happened, I would jump and do it. It’s a question of a miracle right now, probably. I really believe in miracles”
Although Guadagnino believes in miracles and still holds out hope that his “Brideshead Revisited” might see the light of day, it really seems like a non-starter right now. HBO’s parent company, Discovery of Warner Bros., cut budgets and projects in an attempt to get out of debt. It seems highly unlikely that the studio will greenlight a series about Britain’s upper class unless there are some sort of dragons or Superman involved.
Alas, we’ll just be happy to have whatever Guadagnino has up his sleeve, including “Bones & All,” which is slated to hit theaters November 23.