Woody Allen's Next Project Gets A New Title

By Eric Eisenberg 2012-03-19 15:58:32discussion comments
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Midnight in Paris was a true hit at the box office. Made for only $17 million, the film wound up grossing nearly $150 million worldwide and it became Woody Allen's most successful domestic release ever (without adjusting for inflation). Apparently Sony Pictures Classics thinks that the project's success came from having the name of a European city in the title, so they've decided to use that tactic again for Allen's next project.

Originally title The Bop Decameron and retitled Nero Fiddled, Woody Allen's next film has once again undergone a title change and will now be called To Rome With Love. According to a press release sent out by Sony, the title was chosen because it's "an homage to the eternal city of Rome where the film was shot on location last summer." The film stars Allen himself, Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, PenÚlope Cruz, Judy Davis, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig and Ellen Page and follows them as they experience love and adventure in Italy's most famous city. The movie is currently in post-production and will arrive in theaters on June 22.

While certainly a better title than Nero Fiddled - I'm still trying to figure out exactly what that means - I am perplexed a little by this title choice. It seems to fall in with the recent series of anthology films, including Paris, Je' T'aime, New York I Love You and the upcoming Sydney Unplugged, and even has the multiple storylines at work, but is obviously different considering there is only one director at the helm. It's worth noting that neither Paris nor New York did particularly well at the box office despite having some big names attached, so we'll just have to wait and see how it plays out of To Rome With Love.
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