Second Yunus film in development

Eurofilm making pic based on Nobel winner's autobiography

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CANNES -- Nobel Prize winner Muhammad Yunus is proving to be rich inspiration for filmmakers, with plans for a second film about the economist -- this one based on his autobiography "Banker to the Poor" -- being finalized by Italian production banner Eurofilm.

Director Marco Amenta will shoot the adaptation of Yunus' book after Eurofilm secured the film rights from French publisher Lattes. The option lasts until 2012.

Eurofilm producer Simonetta Amenta is setting up the project, with a tapestry of Euro backers having developed the script with the support of the Italian Ministry of Culture, EC Media Plus, Atelier du Cinema European and the Tribeca Film Institute.

Amenta plans to shoot the tale beginning later this year in India, Bangladesh and the U.S. using a mix of professional actors and nonprofessional newcomers, with an eye on a 2010 release.

The movie will mark the second film from director Amenta, whose first outing, "The Sicilian Girl," is due to unspool at New York's Open Roads Film Festival in June.

The project comes just two days after former BBC Films chief David Thompson and "Mamma Mia!" director Phyllida Lloyd said they are developing a movie based on the influence of the Nobel Prize winner's radical economic theories on the lives of women.

Thompson told The Hollywood Reporter that he had secured a ringing endorsement from Yunus to develop his project.
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