History is full of fascinating subjects for a potential biopic treatment, but few could grab the attention of Hollywood-loving audiences more than the last Pharaoh of Ancient Egypt, Cleopatra. Not only would such a story chronicle the final days of a grand empire, it would also present a portrait of a powerful leader who used her sexuality the way soldiers use their swords. It’s got “blockbuster” written all over it.
We learned last year of producer Scott Rudin’s plans to adapt Stacy Schiff’s biography Cleopatra: A Life into a feature film with Angelina Jolie attached to star. All good stuff right there. The process seems to be moving forward too, as Rudin tells Deadline “we’re pretty close” to confirming who will direct. The website also reports that they’ve heard The Bourne Ultimatum director Paul Greengrass is near the top of the list of potential helmers, though “his name hasn’t even been mentioned yet” to Jolie.
Rudin’s comment aside, it sounds like we’ve got a ways to go before there will be any confirmation on the director front. That’s okay though; Cleopatra is currently targeted for a 2013 release. This news does give us something to think about however: is Greengrass the right guy for this job? The director has the second two Bourne films, Bloody Sunday, United 93 and The Green Zone in the bag. He’s proven himself to be a capable director with an eye towards tight, quickly paced narratives. He’s an older guy, not a product of the MTV generation, but he knows how to create compelling content within that landscape. With someone like Jolie in the lead role, it feels like that’s just what this movie should be going for. Greengrass is a fine pick and I hope he gets the job. Anyone else?
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