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You’re never going to hear a better title for a movie than The Bop Decameron. Never. It’s perfect, for so many nonsensical reasons. And yet Woody Allen has decided to change the name of his next picture from The Bop Decameron to the far-less-appealing Nero Fiddled, according to Deadline. Really? Fiddled? No Bop? No Decameron? Sigh.
Look, it doesn’t matter. You could call every Woody Allen movie from now until he finally decides its time to stop working The Next Woody Allen Movie, and people are going to show up. Depending on who is in it – and where he decides to film – more people may show up than usual. Just ask Midnight In Paris, which is Allen’s highest-grossing film to date at $54.9 million domestically.
And Bop … er, Nero Fiddled has a lot going for it. Allen’s conquering yet another European metropolis. This time -- after stops in London, Barcelona and Paris – the legendary filmmaker’s shooting in Rome. And his cast is uniformly excellent, with Jesse Eisenberg playing what’s believed to be the Allen-esque leading man, surrounded by Ellen Page, Penelope Cruz, Alec Baldwin, Alison Pill, Greta Gerwig, Robert Benigni and Allen himself. Wait, maybe that means Allen is playing the Allen-esque leading man. Geez, I hope he doesn’t try to romance either Page, Pill or Cruz.
Anyway, Allen’s eyeing a 2012 release and many expect him to linger around the Oscar race for Midnight, which road the coattails of spectacular reviews to that record-breaking box office. It’s the second coming of the second coming of Woody Allen! I just wish he kept the original title.