Ridley Scott to helm Gertrude Bell biopic

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
March 30th, 2011

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With PROMETHEUS, his long-talked about return to science fiction (and in a way, to the ALIEN franchise) set to make its way to theaters next year, director Ridley Scott is looking to the future already.

Deadline has revealed that the director currently has his sights set on a feature length biopic about Gertrude Bell, the famed actress and wartime icon. The film will be penned by THE CONSTANT GARDENER writer Jeffrey Caine, and will follow the icon, who was “born to privilege in England, the Oxford-educated Bell found her calling in the desert while visiting her diplomat uncle in Persia. She became a seminal figure in Middle East politics during the run-up to WWI, acting in roles that ranged from  archaeologist to diplomat, photographer and spy. While she helped sort out the borders of Iraq after the fall of the Turkish Empire, she lost favor with her government for strongly advocating Arab self-rule. The Brits preferred direct access to the oil fields.”

This joins GUCCI, a film that Scott has on the horizon looking at the dynasty of a fashion family and company. Personally, I think this sounds like quite an interesting project, and one that I think Scott could be well-suited for. It will be intriguing to see what happens to Scott after heading back to a genre that he’s best known for, so hopefully it will get him back into the swing of things after a few admittedly flawed projects.

Scott will produce under his Scott Free shingle.

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