While no specific story details were released, the project is based on three stories from Italian author Giambattista Basile's Lo cunto de li cunti (The Tale of Tales), which was published in two volumes in 1634 and 1636. The stories went largely unnoticed until the Brothers Grimm offered high praise, calling it the first "national" collection of fairy tales. Among the stories included are the earliest known versions of Rapunzel and Cinderella. It isn't known which three stories The Tale of Tales will be based on, but the project is described as an ambitious period fantasy piece.
Matteo Garrone is directing from his own adapted script, with the filmmaker also producing through his Archimede Film company, alongside Jean Labadie's Paris-based production company, Le Pacte. Production is scheduled to begin this spring in Italy.