Woody Allen is set to team up with Sony Pictures Classics once again. Following its successful collaboration with the fimmaker in "Midnight in Paris", the studio has acquired the North American and U.K. rights to his upcoming movie, "Nero Fiddled". The deal will mark the actor-turned-director's fifth partnership with the studio.
Of his collaboration with Sony, Allen said, "I've had a number of very good experiences with Sony Classic, culminating most recently with 'Midnight in Paris'." He added, "They seem to be very sensitive to the kind of films I make, and I'm looking forward to working with them now again."
Sony has planned to release the drama comedy movie in the summer of 2012. "More laughs in this one than you can imagine. We know it's a bit premature, but thank you Woody and company for granting us the perfect summer comedy of 2012. Keep 'em coming," said the studio's co-presidents Tom Bernard and Michael Barker in a statement.
"Nero Fiddled" was previously titled "The Bop Decameron". Set in Rome, it is told in four vignettes. Two of them focus on American characters, while the rest center on Italians. In addition to serving behind the lens, Allen pens the script as well as stars alongside the likes of Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penelope Cruz and Ellen Page.
During a May press conference in New York, Allen revealed some plot details of the dramedy. He explained, "It's a broad comedy, not a romantic comedy, of various tales interwoven. I'm one of them, in one of them. All the parts are quite significant, there are no cameos."
"There just happened to be a part that I could play. I can't play the love interest anymore, which is tremendously frustrating," he added. "My wife and myself go to Rome because our daughter is going to marry an Italian boy that she met there, and we go over to meet him and meet his family, and what ensues. The film is very broadly funny."