Paul Greengrass to helm CLEOPATRA?

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
January 4th, 2011

Apparently the slow news cycle stops, and stops tonight.

The latest addition to what has become one hell of a news-filled day comes thanks to Deadline, and it’s quite an interesting idea.

The outlet is reporting that mega producer Scott Rudin is “pretty close” to locking down a director to helm the much talked about adaptation of the massively popular and Pulitzer Prize winning Cleopatra biography, Cleopatra: A Life, simply titled CLEOPATRA.

The novel, penned by Stacy Schiff, has garnered massive amounts of praise, and according to Rudin, the film will be “a completely revisionist Cleopatra, a much more grown-up sophisticated version. She’s not a sex kitten, she’s a politician, strategist, warrior. In the Joseph Mankiewicz movie, Elizabeth Taylor is a seductress, but the histories of Cleopatra have been written by men. This is the first to be written by a woman. It felt like such a blow-the-doors-off-the-hinges idea of how to tell it, impossible to resist. We’re pretty close. A lot of directors want to do it, but there is only a handful we’ll make it with."

For those who may not remember, this project has actually been in the works for some time now, with James Cameron attached to it until deciding to direct two sequels to his last effort, AVATAR, for Fox. This film however, is now looking at a 2011 start date.

Personally, this is about as odd and interesting a choice as one can get. I’m a massive fan of Greengrass as a filmmaker, but I don’t quite know if he’s the perfect fit for a project like this. That said, you could not think of a more intriguing name to attach to a biopic of this stature, and it makes me really interested in checking this film out. It still has Angelina Jolie attached to star as the titular queen, so expect much more about this project as it comes.

What do you think?

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