Swept Away, UK director Guy Ritchie's follow-up to Snatch which starts a six-week shoot on location in Malta and Sardinia today (Oct 1), has changed its title to the snappier Love, Sex, Drugs And Money.
The film unites Ritchie with his wife Madonna, who takes the main role of Amber - a rich, spoilt woman who embarks with a group of friends on a Mediterranean cruise. Bored by the vacation, she develops an antagonism towards young Italian fisherman Giusuppe, but the relationship turns to passion when the pair are castaway on a deserted island during a boat trip.
Also cast are Bruce Greenwood, Jeanne Tripplehorn and Elizabeth Banks.
Giusuppe the fisherman is played by Adriano Giannini, son of legendary Italian actor Giancarlo Giannini, who himself played the same role in the original 1974 film directed by Lina Wertmueller.
Columbia Pictures is handling worldwide distribution, apart from Italy. The studio previously worked with Ritchie on Snatch, which it boarded as a negative pickup.
Ska Films' Matthew Vaughn produces, with Adam Bohling and David Reid co-producing. Ritchie has scripted the film, which will be Ska's fourth feature, following the director's breakout debut Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels and his Brad Pitt-starring follow-up Snatch. The company is also in post production with Mean Machine, starring Vinnie Jones and directed by Barry Skolnick.
LSD&M marks the first feature collaboration between Madonna and Ritchie. Madonna previously appeared in Ritchie's webvert for BMW, and Ritchie directed Madonna's What It Feels Like For A Girl video.