Alumnus Roberto Bentivegna '10 to Write Screenplay for Film Starring Lady Gaga
BY Gina Hackett, December 5, 2019
Alumnus Roberto Bentivegna ’10 will adapt a nonfiction account of the Gucci fashion family for the screen, with Ridley Scott directing.
Sara Gay Forden’s book, The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed, documents the salacious trial and 1999 conviction of Patrizia Reggiani for arranging a hit man to assassinate her ex-husband, Maurizio Gucci, the grandson of the eponymous fashion house’s founder.
Lady Gaga is currently slated to play Patrizia Reggiani, the alleged black widow, marking Gaga’s first project following blockbuster darling A Star is Born, for which she won an Academy Award for Best Original Song and was nominated for Best Actress.
Bentivegna has written numerous feature scripts, including The Eel, which is currently in development and made the prestigious Black List in 2012. Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) is set to star in the prison break thriller.
While at Columbia, Bentivegna received the Sloan Screenplay Grant for his feature script, A Day in March.
The Gucci project does not yet have a distributor and is currently in development.