‘Italian distributor Vision, the potent collaboration between Sky Italia and leading local producers Cattleya, Wildside, Lucisano Media Group, Palomar and Indiana Production Company, revealed an impressive upcoming movie slate this week at Italian trade event Cinema Days.
The crime pic La Paranza Dei Bambini (literally Kids Gang) comes from Gomorrah writer Roberto Saviano’s adaptation of his best-selling novel about youth gangs in Naples.
In the book, a new kind of gang rules the streets, the Paranze are groups of teenage boys who divide their time between Facebook or Call of Duty, and stalking the streets armed with pistols and AK-47s in order to mark out their mafia bosses’ territories.
It tells the story of the rise of one such gang and its leader, Nicolas, known to his friends and enemies as the ‘Maharajah’. But Nicolas’s ambitions stretch beyond doing other men’s bidding – he wants to be top dog and ruler of the city.
Director is Claudio Giovannesi, who was in Cannes Critics’ Week in 2016 with gritty jail-set romance Fiore and who has also directed episodes of hit series Gomorrah. Palomar produces with Vision, who will release the film in 2019. Elle Driver handles sales on the movie which is currently in production. Cast will largely comprise newcomers.’