Denis Villeneuve in Talks for Cleopatra Biopic


With early reviews for Blade Runner 2049 looking extremely positive, Denis Villeneuve seems to be in a position to choose just about anything he wants for his next project. He is already attached to direct a Dune reboot for Legendary Pictures and recently he was rumoured as a possibility for Bond 25. Now this week we are hearing that he is circling another big budget project, albeit one with a little more prestige behind it. Sony has been trying to get a new Cleopatra movie off the ground for years and it appears that Villeneuve may be the man to see it through. Hit the jump for more info.

According to The Tracking Board, Denis Villeneuve is in early talks to direct Sony’s long-gestating biopic about the rise and fall of the Egyptian queen Cleopatra. Based on the book Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff, the script was written by Eric Roth (Forrest Gump) with additional rewrites provided by Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential) and David Scarpa (All the Money in the World). Roth also wrote the script for the Dune reboot, which may explain how Villeneuve got involved.

Angelina Jolie has long been rumoured for the lead role, although it is unclear if she still has interest in the film. It is believed that Villeneuve would direct it after he does Dune, taking some extra time to develop it further. Either way, this definitely makes it pretty clear that Villeneuve won’t be available to direct Bond 25, although it was already seeming unlikely. Would you like to see Denis Villeneuve direct a Cleopatra biopic?

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  • Tommy

    It’d be a shame if he only gets caught up in the biggest movies. Hopefully he at least does the ‘one for them, one for me’ thing.

  • Lori Cerny

    I’m down for anything DV makes, but come on, Angelina Jolie? There has to be one Greek actress in Hollyweird that can pull this off instead of white-washing another movie.

  • Lisa V Benson

    Would love to see this but not with crazy Jolie!

  • LordAwesome

    We all know he would shoot this on shitty digital cameras, which like the BEN-HUR remake would make this a pointless endeavor when a 70mm film version already exists.