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Paul Greengrass to direct Angelina Jolie as Cleopatra?

01.04.2011

We almost got a 3D epic CLEOPATRA movie from James Cameron, but he's going to be tied up in another galaxy for a while with two AVATAR sequels. So who will deliver the famous Egyptian pharaoh to the screen?

Deadline believes that producer Scott Rudin wants Paul Greengrass (THE BOURNE SUPREMACY and ULTIMATUM) to direct the mega-budget Sony project, which will feature Angelina Jolie as the legendary Queen of the Nile.

The story is adapted from Pulitzer-winning author Stacy Schiff's recent biography "Cleopatra: A Life", and will obviously focus on the iconic historical figure, her relationships with Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, and her leadership and resistance to Roman imperialism.

Rudin describes his intentions and how they differ from the previous, notoriously expensive 1963 movie: "It is a completely revisionist Cleopatra, a much more grown-up sophisticated version. She’s not a sex kitten, she’s a politician, strategist, warrior. In the Joseph Mankiewicz movie, Elizabeth Taylor is a seductress, but the histories of Cleopatra have been written by men. This is the first to be written by a woman. It felt like such a blow-the-doors-off-the-hinges idea of how to tell it, impossible to resist."

Extra Tidbit: And on the opposite end of the historically accurate spectrum... anyone else watch "Cleopatra 2525" back when it was paired with Bruce Campbell's "Jack of All Trades"? Now that was some great bad TV...
Source: Deadline

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10:06AM on 01/06/2011

wats the problem?

Greengrass is good and u gotta have the hottest woman on the planet to play [link] it all sounds good to me..........
Greengrass is good and u gotta have the hottest woman on the planet to play [link] it all sounds good to me..........
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9:56AM on 01/06/2011

wats the problem?

Greengrass is good and u gotta have the hottest woman on the planet to play [link] it all sounds good to me..........
Greengrass is good and u gotta have the hottest woman on the planet to play [link] it all sounds good to me..........
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12:24PM on 01/05/2011
Not only does this idea suck but putting these 2 together is worse. YES! A 3 hour shaky-cam version of Cleopatra.. sign me up!
Not only does this idea suck but putting these 2 together is worse. YES! A 3 hour shaky-cam version of Cleopatra.. sign me up!
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12:11PM on 01/05/2011

Groan

Another Jolie vehicle where she slinks around for near two hours. Not surprising the audience in any way.
Another Jolie vehicle where she slinks around for near two hours. Not surprising the audience in any way.
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11:50AM on 01/05/2011

Jolie is overexposed & Cleopatra has been done to death

I don't know about anyone else but I am so sick of Angelina Jolie. She's way too overexposed. Not only that but frankly as a movie character, Cleopatra has been done to death (my fav interpretation of her being in Rome), find some new material already or focus on a historical figure who doesn't already have a large number of films/TV shows about them? But then again, who expects Hollywood to be original anymore?
I don't know about anyone else but I am so sick of Angelina Jolie. She's way too overexposed. Not only that but frankly as a movie character, Cleopatra has been done to death (my fav interpretation of her being in Rome), find some new material already or focus on a historical figure who doesn't already have a large number of films/TV shows about them? But then again, who expects Hollywood to be original anymore?
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11:50AM on 01/05/2011
Only if we see full frontal nudity of this overrated actress taking it from Mark Antony.
Only if we see full frontal nudity of this overrated actress taking it from Mark Antony.
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10:41AM on 01/05/2011
I have no idea why other's are mad. This has ridiculous amounts of potential for an epic film. The era is intense, and the cleopatra's actual story is relentless. I mean, Ceaser and Antony? It's gonna take some excellent casting, cinemotography, directing, and screep writing. But if they top that off, they've got an instant classic.
I have no idea why other's are mad. This has ridiculous amounts of potential for an epic film. The era is intense, and the cleopatra's actual story is relentless. I mean, Ceaser and Antony? It's gonna take some excellent casting, cinemotography, directing, and screep writing. But if they top that off, they've got an instant classic.
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10:21AM on 01/05/2011
Did they really have to choose the obvious choice of Jolie?
Did they really have to choose the obvious choice of Jolie?
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8:59AM on 01/05/2011
Might turn out good. We'll see.
Might turn out good. We'll see.
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4:51AM on 01/05/2011
Angelina Jolie....Ughh.
Angelina Jolie....Ughh.
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3:49AM on 01/05/2011
"In the year 2525 three women with the will to survive, fighting for a brand new day, nothing's gonna get it their way. In the year 2525 three women will keep hope alive joining forces to save the Earth looking ahead to human kinds rebirth"

I don't know why I remember it's theme but I remember watching every Saturday night I got off from work along with Jack of All Trades. sigh, fun times.
"In the year 2525 three women with the will to survive, fighting for a brand new day, nothing's gonna get it their way. In the year 2525 three women will keep hope alive joining forces to save the Earth looking ahead to human kinds rebirth"

I don't know why I remember it's theme but I remember watching every Saturday night I got off from work along with Jack of All Trades. sigh, fun times.
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2:23AM on 01/05/2011

right on.

right on.
right on.
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2:06AM on 01/05/2011
I suppose this will be another movie that the damn camera shakes so much you can't tell whats going on! Can't wait till the BR so I can play at half speed and see all the great fight choreography that should have been shot at better angles.

Maybe I'm just bitter from the Bourne movies?
I suppose this will be another movie that the damn camera shakes so much you can't tell whats going on! Can't wait till the BR so I can play at half speed and see all the great fight choreography that should have been shot at better angles.

Maybe I'm just bitter from the Bourne movies?
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1:57AM on 01/05/2011
I'd love to see a version of this story where people didn't speak that stupid faux Shakespearian dialogue.
I'd love to see a version of this story where people didn't speak that stupid faux Shakespearian dialogue.
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1:11AM on 01/05/2011
Mega-budget? Has Sony lost their minds? Who is going to pay to see this rehash? The same ten people that paid to see "Alexander" I guess.
Mega-budget? Has Sony lost their minds? Who is going to pay to see this rehash? The same ten people that paid to see "Alexander" I guess.
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1:18AM on 01/05/2011
just what i was about to say
just what i was about to say
1:29AM on 01/05/2011
I would definitely see it. Every movie has its audience.
I would definitely see it. Every movie has its audience.
1:07AM on 01/05/2011
Do we really need a Cleopatra movie? I have a feeling that this movie is going to be very inaccurate, long, boring, and overdone.
Do we really need a Cleopatra movie? I have a feeling that this movie is going to be very inaccurate, long, boring, and overdone.
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1:26AM on 01/05/2011
Have you read the book? It was on numerous top 10 book lists. I love historical dramas and will definitely be seeing this. And why do we need another Cleopatra movie? I think you could ask the same question of every remake ever made.
Have you read the book? It was on numerous top 10 book lists. I love historical dramas and will definitely be seeing this. And why do we need another Cleopatra movie? I think you could ask the same question of every remake ever made.
1:39AM on 01/05/2011
I'm not saying the book is bad. I'm just saying based off what we know in the process of the movie, it reminds me of Alexander. Which is a very, very bad thing.
I'm not saying the book is bad. I'm just saying based off what we know in the process of the movie, it reminds me of Alexander. Which is a very, very bad thing.
6:13AM on 01/05/2011
lol...It's already inaccurate if they're casting Angelina Jolie. (Might as well cast Gwyneth Paltrow as Rosa Parks). It's sad they actually wanted to have Mickey Rourke as Asian leader Genghis Khan...
lol...It's already inaccurate if they're casting Angelina Jolie. (Might as well cast Gwyneth Paltrow as Rosa Parks). It's sad they actually wanted to have Mickey Rourke as Asian leader Genghis Khan...
11:43AM on 01/05/2011
Joel-Kirk...how is the casting inaccurate? Cleopatra was GREEK so I see nothing wrong with the casting.
Joel-Kirk...how is the casting inaccurate? Cleopatra was GREEK so I see nothing wrong with the casting.
12:50AM on 01/05/2011

Oh shi-

Jack of All Trades was a brilliantly campy show! The theme song is just gold, gold I say: [link]
Jack of All Trades was a brilliantly campy show! The theme song is just gold, gold I say: [link]
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12:20AM on 01/05/2011
It'll be interesting to see how Greengrass approaches the historical epic. I won't say I don't like him, but the man does seem to have a particular style that makes him an unusual choice here.
It'll be interesting to see how Greengrass approaches the historical epic. I won't say I don't like him, but the man does seem to have a particular style that makes him an unusual choice here.
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12:33AM on 01/05/2011
I'll tell you how he'll probably approach it: with a lot of SHAKY CAM.
I'll tell you how he'll probably approach it: with a lot of SHAKY CAM.
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