Producer Larry Thompson finds the “Missing Mona Lisa.”
Larry A. Thompson Organization is in pre-production on “Missing Mona Lisa.” The movie is based on a screenplay by Mark J. Hudelson.
Hudelson’s original story and feature script is based on the romanticized true story of Vincenzo Peruggia, a lovable, Italian simpleton, who, while working in the Louvre, becomes beguiled by Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece, the Mona Lisa. Believing in his heart that Mona Lisa is homesick for Italy, he steals the painting and smuggles her home with him to Florence. What is a lovable gesture by Peruggia turns out to be the most famous art heist in history!
Thompson will shoot the movie this year in both France and Italy and have it ready for a 2014 release to coincide with France’s celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Mona Lisa’s return to the Louvre.
Peruggia claimed he stole the painting and took her to Florence because she was lonely and homesick for her native Italy - and that it was his patriotic duty because Napoleon had stolen her from the Uffizi Gallery to take to the Louvre.
Peruggia stole the painting on Monday morning, August 21, 1911. He and the painting were not discovered until December 1913 in Florence. The Italian government arrested Peruggia and returned the Mona Lisa to the Louvre. The painting was hung back up on January 4, 1914. During her almost two and a half year absence, hundreds of thousands of people would walk by the empty spot where the painting had been hanging and stare in disbelief. People left flowers and gifts, crying for her return.
Thompson says, “The Mona Lisa left the Louvre as an Italian masterpiece. She returned as an icon.”
Peruggia was arrested, convicted, served less than a year - and became a national hero in Italy. He lived the short balance of his life in obscurity and died without so much as an obituary.
For more information about the movie, please contact Robert G. Endara II at (310) 288-0700 or LTBeverlyHills@aol.com.
IN ACTIVE DEVELOPMENT:
Many additional motion picture and television projects are in various stages of development, including:
1. Living up to his reputation as the “King of the Biopics,” Thompson is presently developing a major Television Event on the life of Oprah Winfrey.
2. With Michael Wilson, Thompson is shopping to networks a completed sketch comedy series pilot titled "The Men’s Room" (http://www.themensroomtv.com/)
3. For Lifetime, Thompson is developing a 4-hr. miniseries on the rise and fall of the Fashion House of Gucci titled "Murder in the House of Gucci," being written by Emmy Award Winner, Nigel Williams (Elizabeth I).
4. Thompson is also developing for Lifetime "The Boston Strangler" being written by Scott Kosar (The Machinist).
5. On the fast track, Thompson is preparing the high-profile, faith-based 4-hour miniseries "7 Shades of Sin."
6. "Harry's Back" - a screenplay written by Michael Norell about Harry Houdini finally returning from the grave as he promised.
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7. "The Ether: Vero Rising" - a major motion picture based on the first book in a franchise of three, written by Laurice E. Molinari and published by ZonderKidz. It's about a 12-year-old boy who leads an ordinary suburban life until he discovers he's actually a guardian angel. Link to Laurice's website: (www.lauricemolinari.com/) and link to the book trailer: (www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rfVTHJe9s0)
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In SHATNER'S WORLD…a one man force of nature delivers a larger than life performance complete with his laugh-out-loud humor, signature storytelling and select musical selections in his inimitable style.
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We filmed this television special in front of a live audience in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada on December 8, 2012. It was broadcast in Canada in October 2013 on Astral Media’s The Movie Network and Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central.
A version of the show with bonus footage will be exhibited by Fathom Entertainment in 635 movie theaters on April 24, 2014. Check your local listings.
Liz & Dick
Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton
On the set of Cleopatra, Hollywood's most beautiful star, ELIZABETH TAYLOR, fell into the arms of one of the world's greatest actors, RICHARD BURTON - and she didn't leave.
Their subsequent white-hot, scandalous love affair gave rise to the paparazzi and they became the most hunted and photographed couple on earth. Their rocky, passionate, relationship, born in front of the cameras, was captured in a series of films, including Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
The last of the great, extravagant stars, flaunting diamonds, yachts and private planes, they continually seized the headlines. They even divorced and married again - only to divorce again - but remain in each other's hearts.
The Elizabeth Taylor - Richard Burton story is a no-holds barred account of their undying, but impossible love.
"Liz & Dick" starring Lindsay Lohan as Elizabeth
Taylor and Grant Bowler as Richard Burton has
aired on Lifetime November 25, 2012. More info here.
Thompson's critically-acclaimed movie, “Amish Grace,” based on the true story of the 2006 Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania, schoolhouse shooting, had its world premiere on Lifetime Movie Network on Palm Sunday, March 28, 2010.
"Amish Grace" received rave reviews and broke network records.
19TH MOVIEGUIDE AWARDS - "AMISH GRACE" WINS THE MOVIEGUIDE EPIPHANY PRIZE FOR MOST INSPIRING TV PROGRAM OF 2010.
The MOVIEGUIDE Award Show aired on the Hallmark Channel at 7pm (PT/ET) on May 16, 2011.
More than 4 million viewers tuned in to "Amish Grace" starring Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Tammy Blanchard and Matt Letscher. The movie broke all Network records and is the highest-rated and most-watched original movie in the history of Lifetime Movie Network. For more info visit the Lifetime website byclicking here.
"AMISH GRACE" WINS THE CHRISTOPHER AWARD! - To see video of Larry Thompson at the Christophers click here.
Thompson also recently Executive Produced a one-woman comedy special with Joan Rivers
titled "Don’t Start With Me.”
Broadcast Premiere: Showtime, November 15, 2012.
The company's movie, "Little Girl Lost: The Delimar Vera Story," which aired on Lifetime Network on August 17, 2008, was the highest rated two-hour movie in Lifetime Network's 10-year history.
In 2009, the movie garnered six Imagen Awards Nominations, and it won two of the awards: one for Best Primetime Television Program and the other for Best Actor/Television – Hector Bustamante. More info here.
Thompson’s highly acclaimed 2003 Lifetime Television Movie, “A Date With Darkness: The Trial And Capture Of Andrew Luster,” was the third highest-rated cable movie of the year and received rave reviews. For more info.
In 2001, Thompson went to Japan and licensed from Fuji Television the format rights to the very popular cooking series, "Iron Chef." He then Executive produced two 1-hour UPN Network/Lionsgate Television Specials titled "Iron Chef USA: Showdown in Las Vegas" & "Iron Chef USA: Holiday Showdown." More info here.
He is presently producing with Michael Wilson the reality series, "Celebrity Videos." They are also presenting to buyers at this time a finished pilot of a sketch comedy show titled "The Men's Room."