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Ang Lee Flirting With Cleopatra
'I'm about to read the script...'

10 January 2013  |  Written by James White  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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In development since at least 2006 – when producer Scott Rudin bought the rights to Stacy Schiff’s book Cleopatra: A Life – the proposed new film about the Egyptian queen’s world has been through the wringer, with more than one director pondering, then ditching, the project. But the Queen of the Nile now has a new suitor, in the shape of Ang Lee.

Currently riding high on the success of Life Of Pi, which has won several awards already and seems sure to pick up Oscar nominations later today, Lee has expressed a desire to tackle the Cleopatra project, which would star Angelina Jolie.

"I'm about to read the script," Lee told The Hollywood Reporter at the Palm Springs International Film Festival Gala. "It just feels right to me after all the other types of films I've done. What does it have in common with any of them? They’re all totally different! That’s what makes this perfect.”

Cleopatra has been the target of at least three directors’ affections in the past, with Paul Greengrass, James Cameron and, most famously, David Fincher all considering the idea. We’ll have to wait and see if Lee manages to make it happen, but given the magic he wove around Pi after years of Yann Martel’s book being considered unfilmable, he’s earned plenty of trust.


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RE: Tomb Raiding
Heh... you're right. Fair enough. More

Posted by AxlReznor at 12:04 on 10 January 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Tomb Raiding
Well, let us not forget that Cleopatra was Greek and not Egyptian... I'm just saying... The Ptolemys were a Greek family that ruled Egypt in the wake of Alexander the Great's occupation. History. It's fantastic. More

Posted by Timon at 11:27 on 10 January 2013 | Report This Post

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I'd rather see someone who looks like she could have lived in Ancient Egypt play Cleopatra to be honest. Maybe Zoe Saldana, but my first choice would be Naomie Harris. More

Posted by AxlReznor at 10:51 on 10 January 2013 | Report This Post

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I can't believe it's already 2.5 years since the last Angelina Jolie movie and the next one is more than a year away. I'd love to see her as Cleopatra in a historical version rather a gossip one but I'd love to see her raiding Cleopatras' tomb as Lara Croft again! More

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