Tango will explore the tumultuous events surrounding the 1972 Bernardo Bertolucci erotic drama that starred Marlon Brando and Maria Schneider. This is the second 1972 Brando film to inspire a making-of drama series. Paramount+ is currently filming The Offer, which goes behind the scenes of The Godfather. "The project, set in Italy, France and the U.S., will span the 18 months before, during and after the production of the film and will explore questions of identity, fame, and artistic ambition," according to Deadline. "Told through the lens of those at the center of the events – Schneider, Brando and Bertolucci – the series will begin with Bertolucci traveling to Los Angeles in 1971 to convince a broken-down and bankrupt Brando to take a role in his upcoming film – a graphic account of sexual obsession, emotional breakdown and murder. During the production’s filming, Bertolucci employed ruthless tactics to capture real emotions that ultimately put the actors in harm’s way. Controversy plagued the film following its release in January of 1973, while Brando and Bertolucci profited significantly – the film garnered adjusted gross of $186M, the third highest grossing foreign film to date. The actor and the director went on to receive critical acclaim, with Oscar nominations for Best Actor and Best Director, respectively. Schneider, however, was exploited and ridiculed for her part in the film, which led her down a path of addiction and she struggled with mental health. The only compensation she ever received for her role was $4,000." Tango will be written by Entourage and Boston Public writers Jeremy Miller and Daniel Cohn.
TOPICS: Marlon Brando, The Offer, Tango, Bernardo Bertolucci, Daniel Cohn, Jeremy Miller (writer), Maria Schneider, CBS Studios, In Development