Netflix Buys Global Rights to Sophia Loren’s “The Life Ahead”

Sophia Loren. Photo by Karl Schoendorfer/Shutterstock (10451720ak)

Sophia Loren is set to make her return to the big screen. 

Multiple outlets report that Netflix has bought the global rights to Edoardo Ponti’s Italian drama, The Life Ahead, starring Loren. 

The project will mark Loren’s first feature film in a decade. 

The film, an adaptation of Romain Gary’s novel, The Life Before Us, sees Loren play a Holocaust survivor with a daycare business, who takes in a 12-year-old street kid Momo, the boy who recently robbed her. The two loners become each other’s protectors, anchoring an unconventional family. 

“I couldn’t be more pleased to be working with Netflix on such a special film,” said Loren in a statement, “In my career, I’ve worked with the biggest studios but I can safely say that none have had the breadth of reach and the cultural diversity of Netflix, and that’s what I love about them.”

Netflix plans to release the film later this year.