Woody Allen Changes Confusing Title of His Next Movie to a Slightly Less Confusing One
10.14.11 by Ryan
At 75, Woody Allen is at a career high. His last movie, Midnight in Paris, was his largest financial success in his long and storied career, earning $107 million in worldwide box office.
While Allen shot Midnight in Paris in, well, Paris, France, his latest movie was shot in Rome, Italy, and was initially titled The Bop Decameron. Made up of four vignettes, the movie stars Alec Baldwin, Robert Begnini, Penelope Cruz, Jesse Eisenberg and Ellen Page and also has a new title. Allen told THR that The Bop Decameron, named after Giovanni Boccaccio's medieval allegory The Decameron, didn't register with most people so he changed it.
I couldn't believe how few people had heard of The Decameron even in Rome. And the few that did assumed the movie was based on Boccaccio's tales which it's not. Anyhow, I changed the title to Nero Fiddled, which is the first time I've changed a title since my last minute switch of Anhedonia to Annie Hall.
Story details on The Bop...er, Nero Fiddled have been kept mostly under wraps, but the movie is reportedly a "broad comedy". One of the vignettes stars Allen himself as a husband who travels with his wife to Rome to meet the family of their daughter's fiancee, while another features Begnini as a man mistaken for a star. A third segment follows Baldwin as an architect from California who's visiting places with his friends. The movie is expected to open in 2012 after a premiere at Cannes.