Andrea Iervolino’s blockchain-based social entertainment platform TaTaTu is backing the feature film adaptation of J.M. Coetzee’s novel “Waiting for the Barbarians,” Variety has learned exclusively.
TaTaTu joins Iervolino and Monika Bacardi’s Ambi Media Group as co-financer and producer of the film. Michael Fitzgerald and Olga Segura are also producing.
“Waiting for the Barbarians” centers on the crisis of conscience of a magistrate from a small colonial town. After he witnesses the cruel treatment of prisoners of war, he begins to question imperialism. Principal photography is slated to begin this fall in Europe and North Africa.
Iervolino launched TaTaTu on May 7 as a global and social entertainment platform through which users are rewarded to watch movies, television episodes and other forms of content and receive additional rewards from their friends’ viewing. Jeremy Renner is the subject of the first original documentary from TaTaTu — a look behind the actor’s music on the animated family film “Arctic Justice: Thunder Squad.” The platform is also co-producing and co-financing the upcoming Lamborghini biopic starring Antonio Banderas and Alec Baldwin.
Supporters of the TaTaTu tokens include Prince Felix of Luxembourg and cryptocurrency investment firms BlockTower Capital and Lvna Capital.