Almodovarse withdraws from an English film project with Cate Blanchett

Acclaimed Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar has decided to abandon the making of “Handbook for Housekeepers” starring Australian actress Cate Blanchett, which was to be the first feature film in English of his career, a his brother confirmed on Wednesday. “Pedro Almodovar abandons the project” Manual for the use of housekeepers “which will continue with Cate Blanchett”, tweeted Agustin Almodovar, who runs the production company “El Deseo” with his brother. The abandonment of this project by Almodovar had been revealed earlier this week by the specialized website Deadline Hollywood, according to which the Spanish filmmaker “came to the conclusion that he was not ready to tackle such a project monumental in English”. Without giving more details on the reasons for this decision, this media indicated that the search for a new director was “in progress”. “It was a very painful decision for me,” Almodovar told Deadline. “I had dreamed of working with Cate for so long” but “unfortunately I no longer feel capable of fully directing this film” which is an adaptation of the short story book by American Lucía Berlín, “Manual for the use of women of housework”. Two-time Oscar winner Cate Blanchett, 53, who won the second acting prize of her career in Venice on Saturday for her role as a power-drunk conductor in Todd Field’s “Tár,” is producing what was to be the Almodovar’s first feature film in English via his company “Dirty Films”. “I have known Pedro for 20 years and we have been talking about the possibility of working on a project for a long time”, she confided at the start of the year, on the sidelines of the Goya gala of the Spanish Academy of Cinema. The 72-year-old Spanish filmmaker, who won two Oscars for his films “All About My Mother” and “Talk to Her”, made his first film in English in 2020, a 30-minute short (“The Human Voice “) with British actress Tilda Swinton. He has also just finished filming another short film in English, “Strange Way of Life” with Ethan Hawke, his first western.


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