Coming Soon says
Leningrad, the long-in-development English-language WWII epic by Italian filmmaker Giuseppe Tornatore, the director of the Oscar-winning 1998 drama Cinema Paradiso, has found its $100 million financing in the form of producer Avi Lerner and Millenium/Nu Image, according to Variety. The film documents the 900-day Nazi attack on the Russian city now known as St. Petersburg, which was one of the most destructive sieges in history in terms of damages and casualties.
Responding to the downbeat topic of the film, Lerner told the trade, "We have had discussions about the screenplay with Tornatore. We have agreed to make it more upbeat."