A couple of months ago, we learned that Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve was in talks to direct Sony Pictures’ long-brewing Cleopatra movie about the famed Egyptian queen. Hollywood has been attempting to make a movie about her for the better part of the last decade, with directors like David Fincher and Ang Lee attached, and while Sony was once looking to turn this into the type of big-screen epic that might have rivaled the classic film version of the story from 1963, a new interview with this film’s writer has us rethinking our expectations about this movie.
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Posted on Wednesday, September 27th, 2017 by Ben Pearson
Director Denis Villeneuve is quickly becoming one of Hollywood’s go-to guys for major studio tentpole projects. His most recent film, Arrival, was the /Film staff’s collective best movie of last year, and his upcoming Blade Runner sequel has earned effusive praise in its early reactions.
So it’s no surprise that Sony Pictures has snapped him up to direct one of their long-brewing movies. A new report pegs him as the latest filmmaker to take a swing at Cleopatra, a period piece about the famed Egyptian queen that’s been in the works for years and has seen high-profile talent like David Fincher and James Cameron come and go.
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Posted on Friday, October 30th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
It’s that time again: a bunch of movies are getting ready to depart Netflix. That means you only have a few days to catch up with a batch of masterpieces, interesting curiosities, fascinating disasters, and other films worth your time. After all, once they leave streaming, you’ll actually have to get off the couch and put a DVD in the player and ugh, who wants to do that in 2015?
Check out our recommendations for movies leaving Netflix to watch (as well as a complete list of what’s departing) after the jump.
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Nowadays, with the advent of realistic visual effects, most big movie sets are actually just digital extensions of much smaller practical sets and locations. However, in the earliest days of cinema, some of the biggest epics actually had to physically create massive sets. And if you’ve ever wondered just how big some of the most massive sets in cinema’s history have been, we have an infographic that takes a look at some of the biggest movie sets that we’ve ever seen on the big screen. Check out the list below! Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, January 9th, 2013 by Angie Han
When Life of Pi landed in Ang Lee‘s lap in 2009, it had already run through several directors including M. Night Shyamalan, Alfonso Cuarón, and Jean-Pierre Jeunet. But as we now know, he managed to turn the tricky source material into a gorgeous, moving adventure. As he eyes his next move, he’s looking to board another project that’s been attached to several high-profile names.
At the Palm Springs International Film Festival Gala, Lee expressed his interest in taking over the historical epic Cleopatra. Angelina Jolie‘s been attached to play the lead since 2010, but the film’s had significantly more trouble hanging onto a director. Last summer, David Fincher became the latest filmmaker to drop the picture. More details after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, August 23rd, 2012 by Angie Han
The very busy David Fincher now has one less project on his plate. For over a year now, he’s been in the running to direct Cleopatra, starring Anglina Jolie. However, a new report indicates that talks have broken off.
It’s not the end of the line for the film, though, as Sony is now on the lookout for someone else to take over at the helm. Even with Fincher off, they’ve clearly got their hearts set on locking down a prestige filmmaker: Ang Lee is said to be among their candidates. More details after the jump.
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With David Fincher doing a lot of interviews for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo over the past few days, there is a good amount of talk out there about the possible second and third films that could follow Dragon Tattoo. David Fincher doesn’t yet know if he’ll direct those films — or he isn’t yet saying, at least. That’s something that likely won’t be announced until after the film has its first opening weekend, which is coming up in a couple days.
Whether or not those films happen, there are quite a few other projects in Fincher’s queue. Some are movies he might direct, like the Cleopatra film that would star Angelina Jolie, and the pilot for the Netflix series House of Cards. He’s also got 20,0000 Leagues Under the Sea on the docket, and he’s still working as a producer on films like Black Hole (based on the Charles Burns graphic novel, not the Disney sci-fi film) and The Goon. He has offered slight updates on all those projects in the past couple days, and we’ve rounded up his quotes below. Read More »
Eventually, audiences will see a new film about Cleopatra, it’s just a question of when. Angelina Jolie has been attached to play the famous Pharaoh and filmmakers like James Cameron and Paul Greengrass have been attached to make a film based on Stacy Schiff‘s biography Cleopatra: A Life. The latest name attached is David Fincher and Variety now reports one of Fincher’s ace collaborators, writer Eric Roth, has been called in to rewrite a first draft by Brian Helgeland. Read More »
The last time we checked in on the Sony take on Cleopatra, which Scott Rudin is producing as a possible Angelina Jolie star vehicle based on Stacy Schiff‘s biography Cleopatra: A Life, James Cameron wasn’t going to make the film because of his commitment to Avatar 2, and Paul Greengrass was looking like a possible director. But he went on to sign a deal to make Memphis, a film about the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.
Now the latest name to be floated for the director’s chair is David Fincher, with whom Scott Rudin has recently worked on The Social Network and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Read More »
We first started to hear about producer Scott Rudin’s new 3D Cleopatra last year when James Cameron looked like a potential director and Angelina Jolie was talked up as the star. Mr. Cameron moved on to his Avatar sequels, but Angelina Jolie remains attached to the film that will be based on Stacy Schiff’s biography Cleopatra: A Life.
Now Scott Rudin says he’s “pretty close” to signing a director for the film. One name prominently mentioned is Paul Greengrass. Read More »