Woody Allen has officially changed the name of his latest film from The Bop Decameron to Nero Fiddled. A rep for Allen confirmed to EW that he changed the title after realizing that the previous one was garnering befuddlement instead of excitment.
“I couldn’t believe how few people had heard of The Decameron even in Rome,” Allen said in a statement after shooting in Rome all summer. ”And the few that did assumed the movie was based on Boccaccio’s tales which it’s not.”
Allen will lead an impressive cast that also includes Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penélope Cruz, Judy Davis, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig and Ellen Page. But despite the impressive all-star roster, Allen noted that the title-change was necessary to create some buzz for the film. “Anyhow, I changed the title to Nero Fiddled, which is the first time I’ve changed a title since my last minute switch of Anhedonia to Annie Hall,” he said.
Nero Fiddled will be released in 2012.