Federico Fellini's 'La Dolce Vita' to Get Remake

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Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg star in the comedy-drama, which at one point fell into the public domain.

AMBI Group has secured the option rights from Fellini's family and estate and plans a modern retelling of the classic 1960s film.

AMBI Group has inked a option deal to remake Federico Fellini’s classic La Dolce Vita movie.

AMBI Group principals Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi plan a modern retelling of the original 1960s film, which starred Marcello Mastroianni as a restless paparazzo journalist in Rome. They will finance and produce the La Dolce Vita remake with Italian partner Daniele Di Lorenzo.

Francesca Fellini, niece of the late Italian director, said her family had been approached many times in the past about remakes and reimaginings of La Dolce Vita. "Daniele, Andrea and Monika have a beautiful vision of a modern film, and considering their Italian heritage and deep appreciation and understanding of my uncle’s works, there couldn’t be a better alignment for this project," she said in a statement.

Di Lorenzo will produce through his LDM Productions banner. AMBI will also oversee global distribution of the film through its international sales division, AMBI Distribution.

"Our vision is of a contemporary story every bit as commercial, iconic and award-worthy as the original," Iervolino added in his own statement. The original La Dolce Vita, where Fellini portrayed the "sweet life" of Rome, also starred Yvonne Furneaux, Anouk Aimee and Anita Ekberg.

Ekberg, considered Fellini's muse, died earlier this year at age 83. La Dolce Vita won the Palme d'Or at the 1960 Cannes Film Festival and the Oscar for best costume design.