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

Screenshot from "The Life Ahead"

Sophia Loren will star in her first film in a decade, an adaptation of Romain Gary’s novel, La vie devant soi.

The film is set to debut later this year on Netflix after the steamer bought the global rights to the Italian drama.

The Life Ahead hails from director Edoardo Ponti. The pic is co-written by Ugo Chiti and Ponti. 

Per the streamer, in The Life Ahead, Loren will 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.”