Well, it seems any hopes of David Fincher directing the upcoming remake of Cleopatra (set to star Angelina Jolie as the Egyptian queen) have now been dashed after reports that talks between Sony and the filmmaker – who had been circling the project for months – have now broken off.
That leaves one giant, gaping question; who will direct the movie? Glad you asked, actually — rumor has it that the number one candidate at the moment is Taiwanese director Ang Lee, whose latest film, Life of Pi, is set to come out in December. Although he’s definitely a possibility, talks have not yet officially begun; right now, it’s still pretty much wide open.
Bourne Ultimatum filmmaker Paul Greengrass was once rumored to be taking the helm, but in the end he turned the position down in favor of making the based-on-a-true-story drama Captain Phillips with Tom Hanks. At one point, we even speculated about the possibility of James Cameron directing Cleopatra.
It was announced last November that the project was being written by Eric Roth, and we reported back in March about the possibility of Fincher directing. As for Jolie, she has already commented on how she’s going to tackle the role, sharing her plans to downplay the historical figure’s sex symbol legacy, instead focusing more on the stronger aspects of her personality.
We’re not exactly sure why Fincher decided not to make the movie, as the director worked with the studio on both of his last two films, The Social Network and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. As for the sequel to the latter, The Girl Who Played With Fire, we’re not sure if Fincher will be on-board to direct that yet, either – but he is still attached attached to a new version (yes, more remakes) of 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea.
What do you think of the Cleopatra news?