‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ Director Signed To Napoleon Biopic

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Snow White and the Huntsman may not have been particularly well-received by critics (read our review), but the film – which featured Twilight star Kristen Stewart and Thor star Chris Hemsworth in the two titular roles – did manage to rein in nearly $400 million at the worldwide box office (despite its failure to earn back its $170 million production budget, domestically).

That apparently was enough for Universal to confidently move forward on a sequel, though director Rupert Sanders – who made his directorial feature debut with the first film – ultimately exited the project. Sanders has since become attached to several projects, including an adaptation of Frederick Forsyth’s thriller The Kill List, the crime drama 90 Church and the Tom Cruise-led Van Helsing reboot. Now we can add one more film to his to-do list.

According to THR, Sanders has signed to direct a biopic following the life of French leader Napoleon Bonaparte for Warner Bros. The film, entitled simply Napoleon, will reportedly model its approach after the Brian De Palma classic Scarface and is written by Jeremy Doner, whose credits include television series like The Killing and Damages. Gianni Nunnari (The Departed) will produce.

nb Snow White and the Huntsman Director Signed To Napoleon Biopic

In comparing the project to De Palma’s gangster epic, Napoleon will likely emulate the role its protagonist’s pride played in his ultimate downfall, playing more along the lines of a Greek tragedy than a traditional biopic. However, Sanders’ involvement indicates that the film could also incorporate the heavily-stylized visuals of his work in Snow White and the Huntsman, as well as the adventurous tone of previous Nunnari productions like 300 and Immortals.

Without a doubt, Napoleon’s rise to power (and subsequent fall at the Battle of Waterloo) is brimming with potential that hasn’t really received a definitive treatment on the big screen. There is every chance that Sanders could bring a fresh perspective to the story (and a far different one than the Napoleon mini-series Steven Spielberg has his eye on), but the question remains of whether or not his particular aesthetic is a good fit for such a rich historical epic.

Do you think Sanders is the right choice to bring the life of Napoleon Bonaparte to the big screen, and who would you like to see play the French leader in Napoleon? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.


Stay tuned to Screen Rant for the latest on Napoleon as this story develops.

Source: THR

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  1. Seems like fun, they just need Jean Reno in some kind of high ranking officer role. The guy deserves as much screen time as he can get, especially after the fantastic Jo was unfortunately cancelled after its first season.

  2. Danny Devito! ha jokes

    Snow White and the Huntsman wasn’t a good film in my opinion but it certainly had some aesthetically pleasing if somewhat soulless cinematography.

    Snow Whites getting a sequel? are Chris and Kristen coming ba… scratch that I don’t even care.

    • It was okay, the script was generic but otherwise the set pieces looked like something out of Pan’s Labyrinth but Sanders directing Napoleon is something of a mixed feeling I have. He has talent and shows promise for improvement but I don’t want his snow white style for Napoleon . This is because Snow White was beautiful to look at but suffered rapid editing, quick cuts and shaky cam for the battles (i.e. Michael Bay) and I want the biopic to capture the fullness of his battles plus I hope Sander’s chooses a script that encompasses Napoleon’s life to it’s fullest extent (maybe gets some Oscars in processes. It’s a lot to ask for but he directing a feature film with so much potential to be great.

  3. Niceer

  4. I think Peter Dinkalage should do it.. sure I picked him for one of two reason he his closer in height to Napoleon and he is a great actor. He is one of the midgets in Hollywood that doesn’t take mostly comedic work that requires to be cutesy or grumpy so people don’t have to take him seriously. I respect him and I strongly believe he as the acting range to pull it off. Such a bad-ass.

    • Dinklage is a good actor but Napoleon didn’t have dwarfism, he was just short. Casting him would certainly make it feel like a comedy rather than a biopic.

  5. “subsequent fall at the Battle of Waterloo”

    Napoleon’s fall was caused by the destruction of his army in Russia, Waterloo was just the inevitable final blow after an epic but doomed comeback from exile.

  6. So I assume that for the next year at some point or another we will hear rumors of every actor 5-7 and under being considered for the role. ;)
    So I’ll throw Martin Freeman’s name in the pot because I’ll bet anything he’ll be in the mix.
    All joking aside this news falls in the “it’s about time” category.
    Napoleon’s story is not only well known but it screams cinematic IMO. The possibilities are endless when you think abut how epic this could be.
    While I’m a bit surprised by the choice of Sanders to direct I really think that if he can learn from the mistakes from SWaTH we could be in for a treat. For all it’s flaws I really think SWaTH was a visually impressive movie that suffered more from bad casting and a bad script than anything Sanders did.

  7. Got to have Shaun Bean – Sharpe was there after all…

    • +1 from me, good sir.