Ang Lee Interested in Directing CLEOPATRA Starring Angelina Jolie

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The long-gestating biopic Cleopatra may have finally found a director, and it’s a good ‘un.  The project has been in development for a number of years with Angelina Jolie attached to star as the Egyptian queen.  Both James Cameron and Paul Greengrass flirted with the idea of directing before ultimately moving on, and most recently David Fincher was attached to the project before dropping off last summer.  The pic has a script by Eric Roth (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), based on Stacy Schiff’s book Cleopatra: A Life, and now another top-tier filmmaker is eyeing the gig: Ang Lee.  Hit the jump for more details.

David Fincher No Longer Attached to CLEOPATRA with Angelina Jolie

by     Posted 1 year, 364 days ago

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It appears we’ll never get to see David Fincher’s iteration of Cleopatra.  The director began eyeing the project back in March of 2011, but now it appears that talks between Fincher and Sony have broken off and he’s no longer involved.  Angelina Jolie has long been attached to star in the film based on Stacy Schiff’s book Cleopatra: A Life.  Fincher’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button scribe Eric Roth entered talks to pen the screenplay late last year, but the last update about the project came from Fincher himself last December:

“Cleopatra, I haven’t even begun. I’ve just spoken with Angie [Angelina Jolie] and Eric [Roth] and I’m trying to figure out how to weigh in. It’s just a discussion about what can it be, what are people expecting, what do we need to do to destroy that?”

Hit the jump for more on the future of Cleopatra and what other projects Fincher is circling for his feature film follow-up to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Alamo Drafthouse to Present 70mm Film Series at the Ritz; Includes INDIANA JONES, GHOSTBUSTERS, THE MASTER, and More

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Today, the Alamo Drafthouse announced a new film series, so it’s time for everyone outside of Austin, Texas to start seething with jealous rage.  The programming series, “Presented in Amazing AlamoScope: 70mm at the Ritz”, will show off the beauty of 70mm film, which is the best way you can see some of cinema’s best classic films.  It’s also becoming a rare experience as theaters and studios dump film for digital.  For those living in Austin, Texas, you’ll be treated to a line-up that includes West Side Story, Cleopatra (the film sucks but the visual experience will be great), Ghostbusters, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Baraka, Playtime, and Paul Thomas Anderson‘s new film, The MasterThe Master will be shown beginning September 21st, so it’s possible that it could also play as part of Alamo’s Fantastic Fest, which runs from September 20 – 27th.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer for AlamoScope, along with the press release which will tell you when each of these films will be playing.  Tickets for West Side Story are on sale now.  You can also buy a badge providing access to all 7 films including The Master.  The badge includes access to the first show on Saturday for all repertory films and the premiere screening of The Master on 9/21 at (approximately) 7:00pm.

David Fincher Talks THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, Deleted Scenes, His Favorite STAR WARS Movie, Test Screenings, and a Lot More

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Last weekend Sony held a big press junket in New York City for director David Fincher‘s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and I got to participate in a press conference with Fincher, Rooney Mara, and Daniel CraigClick here if you missed it.  As most of you know, Dragon Tattoo is the first in Stieg Larson’s Millennium trilogy and it centers on a disgraced journalist (Craig) who’s hired to investigate the mysterious 40-year-old disappearance of a young woman.  Mara plays Lisbeth Salander, a brilliant young hacker who teams up with Craig.

Shortly after the press conference ended, I got to sit down with Fincher for an exclusive interview.  We talked about deleted scenes (the first cut of Dragon Tattoo was 3 hours and seven minutes!), extended cuts, if he would change his previous movies like George Lucas has changed Star Wars, what filmmakers/collaborators he shows his films to first, if he does test screenings or just friends and family screenings, his favorite Star Wars movie, and I got updates on 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Cleopatra and House of Cards.  Hit the jump to either read or listen to the interview.

David Fincher Provides Updates on 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA, CLEOPATRA, and Netflix Series HOUSE OF CARDS

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One of the most talented directors working today, David Fincher is somebody whose films are eagerly anticipated by a multitude of fans from the moment they’re announced. When word got out that a “Facebook movie” was in the works, 99% of people wrote it off as a cash grab. That all changed when Fincher signed on to The Social Network as director (a script by Aaron Sorkin didn’t hurt either). Fincher is currently doing the press rounds for his latest directorial effort: a large-scale R-rated adaptation of the wildly popular book The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Steve is in New York for the film’s press junket and he recently got the chance to sit down with the director for an exclusive interview. While we’ll have the full interview up early next week, we wanted to share what Fincher had to say about a few of his potential upcoming projects. The director gave updates on his 3D adaptation of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, the biopic epic Cleopatra starring Angelina Jolie, and the Kevin Spacey-starred Netflix series House of Cards, for which he’s directing the pilot. Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

BENJAMIN BUTTON Scribe Eric Roth in Talks to Write CLEOPATRA Starring Angelina Jolie; David Fincher Circling to Direct

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Screenwriter Eric Roth (Forrest Gump) is currently in talks to pen the epic Cleopatra, which focuses on the Egyptian queen. Angelina Jolie is attached to star, David Fincher is circling the pic as a directing vehicle, and uber-producer Scott Rudin (The Social Network, No Country for Old Men) is producing. Needless to say, this is shaping up to be one hell of a prestigious production. Variety reports that while no formal deal is in place, Roth has been approached and is likely to begin writing in the next several weeks. The scribe has a relationship with Fincher, as he penned 2008’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and recently adapted this December’s awards contender Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close for Stephen Daldry. Hit the jump for more, including the likelihood of Fincher actually signing onto the project.

David Fincher May Direct CLEOPATRA Starring Angelina Jolie

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Producer Scott Rudin’s Cleopatra biopic is continuing its search for a top-tier director.  Last October, James Cameron was in talks for the gig, but he decided to direct Avatar sequels instead.  Then Paul Greengrass started circling the project, but chose to helm Memphis, which is about the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Now Deadline is reporting that Rudin wants to re-team with David Fincher on the project which is set to star Angelina Jolie as the Egyptian queen.

Hit the jump for more on the project and the likelihood that Fincher will sign on to direct.

Paul Greengrass Rumored for CLEOPATRA with Angelina Jolie

by     Posted 3 years, 231 days ago

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James Cameron briefly flirted with the idea of directing Cleopatra, a 3D epic with Angelina linked to the title role.  That hypothetical sounds like the biggest production ever, but it was not meant to be.  Later in the month, it was announced Cameron will be tied up for the forseeable future by two Avatar sequels.

That leaves a high profile directing gig open for the rest of Hollywood’s elite.  Producer Scott Rudin (True Grit) revealed that he and Sony Pictures are “pretty close” to landing a director.  He didn’t specify, but sources suggest that Paul Greengrass (Green Zone) is under consideration.  More after the jump:

AVATAR 2 & 3 Next Up for James Cameron; Set for December 2014 & 2015 Release

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Despite recent reports that James Cameron was gearing up for a Cleopatra biopic based on Stacy Schiff’s Cleopatra: A Life with Angelina Jolie in the role of the Queen of the Nile, it has just broke that he has agreed to shoot Avatar 2 and 3 beginning in late 2011 for Twentieth Century Fox, immediately after he wraps up the screenplays, which he intends to write in early 2011 with an eye towards beginning production later that year.

In our first trip to Pandora, we saw ex-marine and paraplegic Jake Sully (played by Sam Worthington) integrate himself into the primitive culture of the planet’s blue, tree-dwelling Na’vi and defend their tribal grounds from a mercenary-assisted corporation.  The sequels, undoubtedly to be shot natively with the 3D tech developed by Cameron and WETA Digital, are targeted for December 2014 and December 2015 release dates, respectively. Whether the productions will be back-to-back is pending.

Hit the jump for what Cameron and producer Jon Landau had to say on the sequels and a possible explanation as to why Cameron dumped Cleopatra.

James Cameron Talks 3D, TITANIC, T2, STAR WARS, AVATAR 2, and CLEOPATRA

by     Posted 3 years, 308 days ago

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With the upcoming release of the Avatar special extended collector’s edition DVD and Blu-ray, James Cameron once again spoke about his landmark film along with his thoughts on 3D post-conversion, his 3D re-release of Titanic (and possible T2) George Lucas’ upcoming Star Wars 3D re-release, and an untitled Cleopatra movie (possibly starring Angelina Jolie).  Hit the jump for what Cameron had to say.

James Cameron in Talks to Direct CLEOPATRA with Angelina Jolie

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Take this with extreme skepticism, but how would you like to see a James Cameron-directed film about Cleopatra starring Angelina Jolie? Yeah, me too. That is exactly what Sony Pictures Entertainment is exploring with the director, and the film would be based off the Stacy Schiff book Cleopatra: A Life. What a life it was and what a film this could possibly be. Hit the jump for more details about the potential film and why this likely will not occur.

Angelina Jolie Attached to Play Cleopatra; Should Brad Pitt Play Marc Antony?

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Like Claudette Colbert, Vivien Leigh, and Elizabeth Taylor before her, Angelina Jolie is set to play Cleopatra on the silver screen.  Producer Scott Rudin (Doubt) acquired the rights to Stacy Schiff’s biography of the Queen of the Nile entitled Cleopatra: A Life.  Schiff admits “we have little idea what she actually looked like,” then paradoxically adds, “Physically, [Jolie is] the perfect look.”

Rudin agrees, as USA Today confirmed with the producer’s office that the project is being developed “for and with Jolie.”  As long as Schiff is dreamcasting, she threw out Mr. Jolie (er, Brad Pitt) for the role of Marc Antony.  Sounds fun.  Cleopatra’s life is surely suited for film; hit the jump for a synopsis of Schiff’s biography.

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