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Woody Allen has decided to change the title of his next feature film, originally called The Bop Decameron, set to be released in 2012.
The decision was not made on the fly. Allen cited people’s unfamiliarity with Giovanni Boccaccio‘s The Decameron as the reason. The Rome-set pic starring Allen (who also wrote and directed), Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penelope Cruz, Judy Davis, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig and Ellen Page will now be titled Nero Fiddled.
“I couldn’t believe how few people had heard of The Decameron even in Rome,” Allen said. “And the few that did assumed the movie was based on Boccaccio’s tales which it’s not. Anyhow, I changed the title to Nero Fiddled, which is the first time I’ve changed a title since my last minute switch of Anhedonia to Annie Hall.”
Nero Fiddled is a Gravier Productions film produced by Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum. This marks Allen’s first film to be financed by Medusa Film, an Italian production and distribution company. The feature was filmed this past summer and was Allen’s first time shooting in Rome.
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