Rumor Patrol: Paul Greengrass To Direct Angelina Jolie in 3D ‘Cleopatra’ Movie

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:29 pm,

3D Cleopatra movie director Paul Greengrass Rumor Patrol: Paul Greengrass To Direct Angelina Jolie in 3D Cleopatra Movie

It’s been 47 years since one of the most expensive movies in history, Cleopatra, hit theaters. The film’s original $2 million budget ballooned to $44 million, the equivalent of over $300 million today. Now a new version of Cleopatra is in the works and it doesn’t look like it’s going to be cheap this time around, either.

Last October, news hit that mega-director James Cameron had met with Sony to discuss the possibility of him directing the new Cleopatra film, which is (like most big movies these days) going to be in 3D. But a while after that, Cameron and 20th Century Fox announced that the director was going to be shooting Avatar 2 & 3 back-to-back as his next project.

Sony is now left with the job of finding a director who can suitably handle the epic task of bringing the life of Cleopatra to the big-screen almost half a century after the Elizabeth Taylor classic, which almost single-handedly bankrupted 20th Century Fox. Deadline is reporting that the studio is “pretty close” to pinning down a director and that Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Ultimatum) is looking like one of the possibilities.

One insider described Greengrass as, “Smart, tough, political, hard-nosed… sort of the idea of Cleopatra in the book.” That book is the Pulitzer Prize-winning biography Cleopatra: A Life by author Stacy Schiff. Producer Scott Rudin has described Cleopatra herself as “not a sex kitten [but] a politician, a strategist, a warrior” and if this new version of her story is going to stay true to that image then Greengrass is a more than suitable choice, in my opinion.

Ever since Cameron made that deal with Fox to direct Avatar 2 & 3, people have been wondering if Rudin/Sony felt leveraged, but Rudin reveals that’s far from the case:

“I’ve been a good friend of Jim Cameron’s since I was the executive on Aliens. I got promoted because of my relationship with Jim Cameron and the guy’s been a seminal figure in my career. I never for one second thought we were being leveraged. I fully expected Fox to make the play they did, to make sure he didn’t do Cleopatra. I wasn’t surprised when they did.”

While it obviously would have been advantageous for Sony to be able to say “From the director of Titanic and Avatar” when marketing Cleopatra, having Greengrass certainly wouldn’t be a bad thing. In addition to directing The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, Greengrass also directed the masterful United 93 and most recently the underrated Green Zone (amongst others). Coincidentally, the writer of the latter film, Brian Helgeland, wrote the script for Cleopatra, which has been described as “a brilliant script deserving of epic treatment.”

It should be noted that Greengrass’ name has been thrown into the mix from unnamed sources (Rudin is keeping his mouth shut about who’s on the shortlist of potential directors) and his name hasn’t been mentioned to Jolie. For now, treat this Greengrass news as a RUMOR until we hear otherwise.

Sony is hoping for Cleopatra to start shooting at some point in 2011 but no dates have been officially set.

Source: Deadline

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  1. Meh. I lost interest when Cameron left the project.

  2. why Angelina Jolie theirs no other up and coming actresses that can take the role.

  3. Wait, Let me guess, They’re going to have Brad Pitt play Marc Antony too right. I haven’t watched an Angelina Jolie movie since Changling and that was because it was directed by Clint Eastwood. Get a different actress and I’ll see this, if not then I wont and no big loss.

  4. Well, thank goodness they’re concentrating on making more movies about the death of Ancient Egypt during the Ptolmeic and Roman invasion Period. I don’t want anybody touching anything of the older and premier Dynastic periods. This is pretty much the end of the Egyptian/Greek civilization before the Arabic/Islamic invasion put the nail in the cartouche(coffin)to end of the Ancient Egyptian civilization.

  5. They seem to really be pushing this hard, which is a story that’s been done over and over again, mainly about a “Romantic” scandal depicting a Ptolmeic/Egyptian woman trying to hold on to the last remnants of Egyptian civilization by whoring herself in a three way love affair with Marc Anthony and Julius Ceasar. But yet I don’t see anybody really pushing Will Smith’s “Taharqa” movie which would be more EPIC showing the true cultures and traditions of Ancient Egypt and how an Ancient Egyptian Pharaoh was able to reunite Upper and Lower Egypt and all of those epic battles. Meh, maybe they’ll repeat the near Bankruptcy thing again with this one.

  6. If they truly wanted to show a movie depicting a great female Ancient Egyptian heroine,then there are plenty of others that were TRUE Egyptians heroines; like Hatchepsut, Queen Ahotep, Queen Tiye, Nefertiti, Nefertari, Niethotep, Sobkeneferu, MeritNit, and many others. Oh well, that’s cool more room for me to make my own movies about them. Let them keep concentrating on Greek/Roman Egyptians etc.

  7. James Cameron is such an arsehole. Of course he used this movie to get a better deal at Fox. Who needs Avatar 2 AND 3 already? Ugh.

  8. Angelina is a BAD choice
    Won;t watch it

  9. A plea for the director to do not promote anorexia and bulimia. Please change the actress, we need healthy role models for our girls. We need to fight anorexia and bulimia by showing women that have a womens body and not ultra thin role models.Christina Hendricks or other actresses can help change our society. NO MORE ULTRA THIN women, WE NEED a healthy women image.

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