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Paolo Sorrentino developing Silvio Berlusconi movie

Paolo Sorrentino directs Il Divo

Story by Jack Foley

ACCLAIMED Italian director Paolo Sorrentino is developing a movie about former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi.

Tentatively called Loro, the film is currently being scripted by Sorrentino with a possible start date for filming as early as the summer of 2017.

According to Variety, the film would depict “Berlusconi’s world” rather than being a scathing criticism of the controversial political figure.

Berlusconi, who turns 80 next month, is expected to retire soon from the political arena after a volatile career.

He has already announced his intention to sell all shares in AC Milan, the football club he has owned for 30 years.

Berlusconi has previously been the subject of Nanni Moretti’s 2006 movie The Caiman, in which a B-movie director makes a satire about the leader.

Sorrentino is a widely respected Italian filmmaker whose Italian hits have included Il Divo and The Great Beauty. He made his second English language film film last year with Michael Caine, Youth, and has also made a leap to the small screen for the Jude Law starring The Young Pope, a 10-part series for HBO.

The first two episodes of the series premiered at the Venice Film Festival to widespread acclaim.

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