The Full Monty producer is riding ahead with director Alan Taylor, with
whom he worked on Palookaville and The Emperor's New Clothes, on western, The Horseman. It's an adaptation of David Anthony Durham's novel, Gabriel's Story.
'I was interested in making a western. I felt a producer has to make a
western before the end of his career,' Pasolini joked of the project. Taylor has completed a screenplay and the project is currently out to financiers in the US.
Pasolini is also plotting a new film version of Bel Ami, Guy De Maupassant's classic novel about an unscrupulous, social climbing journalist. Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal is slated to star in the film, which will be directed by Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod of Cheek By Jowl theatre fame. The film is currently completing financing and is due to shoot in the Spring. The 8 million Euro project will be made in either Barcelona or Budapest, depending on how the co-production is structured. The Works is handling sales.
'It's a great fun story, very true to society today and the relationship between journalism and politics, women and fame,' Passolini commented.
Comedy drama Machan, sold internationally by Beta Cinema, is about a group of impoverished slum dwellers in Sri Lanka who escape poverty by posing as The National Handball Team Of Sri Lanka and heading to the west to compete in a handball tournament in Germany. The film will be released next month in Italy through Mikado. 20th Century Fox is handling German distribution
A decade ago, The Full Monty, released by Fox Searchlight, made $260 million in worldwide theatrical grosses.