Pedro Almodóvar no longer directs “A Handbook for Maids” – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: Oscar-winning Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar will not make his first feature in English with A Handbook for Housekeepers, which has Cate Blanchett set to star and produce under her Dirty Films, Deadline has learned.

The filmmaker finally had all the elements to realize the extent of this future production. However, he decided he was not ready to tackle such a monumental project in English. The search for another director is ongoing.

The feature film project was first announced in January based on Lucia Berlin’s 43-part short story collection examining the lives of women in a wide variety of demanding jobs.

“It was a very painful decision for me,” Almodóvar told Deadline. “I had dreamed of working with Cate for so long. Dirty Films has been so generous with me this whole time and I was blinded with excitement, but sadly I don’t feel like I can fully direct this movie anymore.

Dirty Films producers Blanchett, Andrew Upton and Coco Francini tell us, “We have the utmost respect for pedro and his amazing work, and while the stars may not have aligned this time around, we hope to collaborate with pedro and El Deseo on another project in the future. Dirty Films’ passion for A Handbook for Housekeepers and the unique, searing voice of Lucia Berlin – full of danger, joy and loss – has not faded, and we are excited to continue this project with our partners at New Republic.

New Republic Pictures’ Brian Oliver and Bradley Fischer are also producers on A housekeeper’s handbook. from Almodóvar Parallel mothers saw two Oscar nominations this year for Penelope Cruz in Best Actress and Original Score by Alberto Iglesias. Almodóvar won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for 2002 Habla Con Ella.

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