For 15 years filmmaker Ridley Scott wrestled with finding the perfect feature adaptation of Sara Gay Forden’s novel about the murder of Maurizio Gucci by ex-wife Patrizia Reggiani. At one point Leonardo DiCaprio and Angelina Jolie were even circling the project. However, the 544-page book proved a challenge for several screenwriters. That is until UK born, Columbia University alum and Black List screenwriter Roberto Bentivegna arrived with a Godfather-inspired, couture and dry-humored take; something Scott could visually wrap his arms around. The MGM-United Artists Releasing feature has awakened cautious adult moviegoers during the pandemic with the biggest debut to date at $22M over 5-days, a current running domestic B.O. of $36.2M on its way to $70M.
Listen to our Crew Call conversation with Bentivegna on how he cracked House of Gucci. He is co-credited on the screenplay with Becky Johnston who also has a story by credit: