Hayden Heads For Decameron

Christensen and Barton in an Italian tale

Let's clear a few things up before we begin. First of all, the title of this piece has nothing to do with the director of Aliens. Nor is it a sequel to the Evil Dead's Necronomicon. We are, of course, talking about the 14th century Italian classic by Giovanni Boccaccio, The Decameron (or "Il Decameron" if you want to be all Italian about it), which is being made into an English language film starring Hayden Christensen and Mischa Barton. Barton's involvement has been public for some time, but it's only today that Hayden was confirmed. Well, actually, Barton told us at the BAFTAs on Saturday night, but we didn't quite get around to telling you about it. The OC starlet said, "I'm about to be starting one this summer called the Decameron. It's filming in Italy with Hayden Christensen. I'm really excited." Well, you heard it here first, ladies and gentlemen. The book follows ten young noblemen and women, who have retired to a country villa to escape the plague ravaging Florence. This being before the days of Monopoly and Risk, they amuse themselves by telling each other stories