Neil Jordan has been trying for years to make a movie about the scandalous Borgia clan (creatively entitled Borgia), the best-known members of which - nasty little Lucrezia and conniving Cesare - are the focus of his story. After a version starring Ewan McGregor and Christina Ricci fell apart in 2002 because of budget problems ($50-60 million just wasn't going to do it, apparently), the movie went back onto Jordan's personal "to be made" pile, and he moved on to other things. Then, last year, the project was revived, albeit with an even smaller budget and more limited scope, and Scarlett Johansson and Colin Farrell were signed to star. Because of the nonavailability of its stars, the start of production was pushed back from this spring to September of 2006, but the film was still a go - in fact, European distribution rights had already been sold.

Now, though, it's fallen apart again: last week Jordan himself has pulled out of the movie, "having concluded that he could not make it work with the proposed budget and logistics." It is unlikely, however, that he won't eventually give the project another try - we'll just have to wait a bit longer for our 15th century opulence and debauchery. Jordan, meanwhile, will head off to Hollywood to directTerrence Howard and Jodie Foster in The Brave One.
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