Danish director Bille August‘s plan to direct a film about the life and death of Italian fashion icon Gianni Versace has been abandoned, the Hollywood Reporter reports.
August announced in late 2015 that he was prepping a biopic of Versace, but has since had to abandon the plans. The reason for dropping the project is likely due to Ryan Murphy’s upcoming American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace.
Gianni Versace is an Italian fashion icon who was murdered in 1997. He is the founder of the international fashion house Versace, which produces accessories, fragrances, makeup and home furnishings. He also designed costumes for the theatre and films.
August had attached Spanish actor Antonio Banders to star, and pre-production was reportedly well on its way. However, when Ryan Murphy announced he would focus his incredibly popular American Crime Story series on Versace’s murder, August’s film went into doubt. Banderas told THR that when he saw August at the Cannes Film Festival, they both agreed that the project didn’t make much sense anymore.
However, the Italian production company Oberon said in a statement that “our project Gianni Versace is still alive. Bille August is still attached. Preproduction is planned from November 2017.” Oberon confirmed though that Banderas is out, but says it is actively searching for his replacement. A rep for Bille August has not yet confirmed if the director is still attached, or if he will start working on the project in the fall.