Cecchi Gori back on the hunt with new films

Son of famed producer eyeing a comeback with new projects

ROME -- Beleaguered Italian move producer Vittorio Cecchi Gori, still searching for his first hit film since the start of the decade, said Thursday his next film will be about hunting.

Cecchi Gori, who produced Oscar winners "Mediterraneo," "Il Postino," and "La Vita e Bella," has been hounded by a host of financial and legal problems for several years. He has slowed from making an average of 10 films a year during his heyday in the 1990s to a total of just two since the end of 2005.

But the son of famed producer Mario Cecchi Gori said he is eyeing a comeback this year. He is a co-producer on Kirk Jones just-completed adventure comedy "Everybody's Fine" (which stars Robert De Niro and Drew Barrymore), while "El baile de la Victoria," a Spanish-language dance drama from Fernando Trueda, is in post-production.

He said his next film will be "La Dea della Caccia" (The Goddess of the Hunt), which he said will have an international cast. He said the film will explore hunting in a new way. Casting will start soon, Cecchi Gori said.