— The Gucci family aren’t happy with the portrayal of their loved ones in the new film Gucci House, according to the AP. In a statement released this week, they said the account was “anything but accurate” and that the filmmakers had not consulted with them at all. The Guccis, who no longer have any association with the global luxury brand bearing their name, have been preoccupied with Ridley Scott’s film from the start. Now that it’s out, they dispute the details, including the idea that Patrizia Reggiani, who was convicted and jailed for hiring a hitman to kill Maurizio Gucci, is portrayed as a victim in a male-dominated business .
Gucci House goes beyond the headlines of the 1995 murder and subsequent trial. Based on a book by Sara Gay Forden, it begins in the late 1970s and follows the relationship of Reggiani (Lady Gaga) and heir Maurizio Gucci (Adam Driver) from courtship and marriage to separation and his murder. The story portrays Reggiani as a Lady Macbeth type who helped Maurizio build and take control of the business from his uncle Aldo Gucci (Al Pacino) and cousin Paolo Gucci (Jared Leto). According to the family, he also portrays Aldo Gucci and his kin “as ignorant thugs insensitive to the world around them, attributing entirely fabricated attitudes and conduct to the protagonists of notorious events.”
They add that they reserve the right to “take all necessary measures to protect their name, their image and their dignity as well as those of their loved ones”. Scott has previously defended himself and his film against criticism from the Guccis, including a comment by Aldo Gucci’s granddaughter, Patrizia Gucci, that they were “stealing a family’s identity to make profit”. “You have to remember one Gucci was murdered and another was jailed for tax evasion, so you can’t talk to me about making a profit,” Scott told BBC Radio last week. “As soon as you do that, you are part of the public domain.” A rep for Scott said there was “nothing to add.” The studio, MGM, had no comment either. (Read more stories from the House of Gucci.)