Denis Villeneuve is arguably the hottest director going right now. At least for a certain cross section of film geekdom. His long-gap sequel Blade Runner 2049 will be here in a week, and is getting rave reviews. Now, he might have his next project lined up, a remake of Cleopatra.
Deadline has the report that Sony is circling the filmmaker to remake the infamous Elizabeth Taylor classic, which has just as a rich history behind the scenes as it does on the screen. It was a dull, big-budget flop in 1963, despite the fact it was domestically the highest-grossing film of that year. The film was more popular because of the affair between Taylor and Richard Burton, which broke up their other marriages. Cleopatra deserves a remake, and even though a female director would probably be a better move here, Denis Villeneuve is just too hot a commodity to ignore at the moment.
A who’s who of directors have been circling this new Cleopatra for several years, and at one time Angelina Jolie was in discussion to play the titular queen. It will be interesting to see if Jolie comes on board, and what sort of magic her and Villeneuve can work.
Stay tuned for more updates.