Predictably, it looks as though Ridley Scott’s ‘Gucci’ biopic, due for a 2010 start date, is not going to sit well with the family in question. Scott, the legendary English film director known for his stylish visuals, is currently in talks with Angelina Jolie for the femme fatale role of Patrizia Reggiani, Maurizio Gucci's ex-wife, who was convicted of plotting his 1995 murder and is now serving a 26-year sentence.
Having just hired Tom Ford to relaunch the Gucci brand, Maurizio Gucci, grandson of founder Guccio Gucci, was gunned down by a trio of killers, which included Reggiani’s fortune teller, in front of his Milan apartment. With so much drama surrounding the murder and decadence in the Gucci fashion dynasty, it is unsurprising to find the family concerned over how scandalous the film may be.
Maurizio’s cousin Patrizia Gucci has told the Italian newspapers she feels betrayed by Giannina Facio, Scott’s wife and one of the film’s producers. Patrizia Gucci has revealed that Giannina Facio spent time with the family in Florence and had told them the film would be more of a Gucci ‘hagiography’. “Scott had assured us that it would not be a scandalistic movie,” Patrizia Gucci told Corriere della Sera, who added that the Gucci family is “surprised and disconcerted.”
“This is not an authorised movie and we will try to block it if it is offensive. Enough mud. We have been through horrible things and paid plenty in person. I will write a book about the Guccis to say who they really are. And I will give Scott a copy, in hopes that his movie will never be released,” Patrizia added.