EXCLUSIVE: The Exchange has announced a licensing and partnership agreement with DDL Entertainment producers Daniele Di Lorenzo and Stefano Corti, who have optioned the rights to develop a television series adapted from Federico Fellini’s 1960 Oscar-winning classic. The Dolce Life.
The series will draw from the themes of the beloved classic, starring Marcello Mastroianni as a tabloid journalist navigating the heady world of late 1950s Rome, but it will not be a remake.
The partners said the series will be more of a portrait of the state of contemporary media, culture and celebrity, and the eternal pursuit of the “dream.”
They have yet to assign writers to the project, but are expected to do so after a strategic development partnership is established.
“The Dolce Life is a beloved and instantly recognizable classic. We will bring that same boldness, thoughtfulness and beauty to this series,” said The Exchange CEO Brian O’Shea. “We want to create a contemporary series with the same iconic moments that will be talked about for years to come.”
This marks The Exchange’s first series adaptation acquisition as they continue to grow the long-time sales team into a production, finance and development company.
The Exchange currently sells the worldwide rights to Monica, Andrea Pallaoro’s third feature film that premiered in competition in Venice.
The Exchange, through its NEXT Productions subsidiary, is currently in The Independent, starring Brian Cox, Jodie Turner-Smith and John Cena, and recently announced Untold, directed by Aaron Schinder and starring Nat Wolf.