Pedro Almodóvar pulls out of first English language feature film

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Spanish auteur Pedro Almodóvar has withdrawn from helming A Manual For Cleaning Women, but the project is set to continue.

Pedro Almodóvar has withdrawn from the director’s role for A Manual For Cleaning Women, the project that was set to be his first feature-length film in the English language. Based on a collection of short stories by Lucia Berlin, A Manual For Cleaning Women contains various stories focused on female protagonists with demanding jobs.

The adaptation stars Cate Blanchett whilst her production company, Dirty Films, is also set to co-produce the movie alongside New Republic Pictures. Almodóvar is a director of great repute and attaining his services was seen as something of a coup for the production when it was announced back in January of this year.

The filmmaker hasn’t gone into specifics as to why he has departed the project, telling Deadline Hollywood that it was “a very painful decision” before also adding “unfortunately, I no longer feel able to fully realise this film”.

Almodóvar has made an English language short before, in 2020 with Tilda Swinton and is set to make another soon with Pedro Pascal and Ethan Hawke, for a project that he has dubbed as ‘his answer to Brokeback Mountain.’

No replacement director has yet been announced for A Manual for Cleaning Women but it is believed the project will press on. We’ll let you know more as we hear it.

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