The brother of late British director Anthony Minghella is to make his directorial debut with veteran German producer Rainer Mockert.
Dominic Minghella’s Doria is about a young housemaid who becomes the muse for the composer Giacomo Puccini, whom he wrote the opera Nessun Dorma about.
Mockert’s Munich-based company Z Classic will co-produce Doria with Mighella’s outfit Island Pictures.
”Doria is part love story, part comedy, part emotional thriller,” Minghella told Screen. “Rather than making a ‘great man’ biopic, this film will explore the relationship from the muse’s point of view.”
Minghella has previously worked on ITV’s Doc Martin and the BBC One series Robin Hood. He also wrote Hamish MacBeth, starring Robert Carlyle.
His older brother Anthony Minghella won a Best Picture Oscar for The English Patient, and also directed The Talented Mr Ripley and Cold Mountain.
He was Chairman of the Board of Governors at the British Film Institute between 2003 and 2007. He died of complications surrounding cancer in March 2008.