'Blade Runner 2049' Director Denis Villeneuve In Talks for Cleopatra Movie

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‘Blade Runner 2049’ Director Denis Villeneuve In Talks for Cleopatra Movie

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Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve is in talks for a movie based on the life of Egyptian ruler Cleopatra, according to Deadline and The Wrap.

The film will be an adaption of Stacy Schiff’s 2010 biography Cleopatra: A Life. The Wrap reports that David Scarpa, the scribe behind Keanu Reeves’ The Day the Earth Stood Still, was attached to rewrite a previous draft of the script last year.

We know that Forrest Gump writer Eric Roth penned a draft years ago. This Cleopatra movie was one of the many movies discussed in the outcome of the Sony email hack from 2014. Emails back and forth between producers and a potential star in Angelina Jolie talked about tweaking Roth’s script, hiring the likes of David Fincher (The Social Network) or Martin Scorsese (Goodfellas) to direct, a “shaved head…Not bald” Jolie, and more.

Some of those emails were classic. Some of my favorites include: “She’s seriously out of her mind,” “Nooooooo noooooo noooooo please! Not a meeting!” and “Kill me please. Immediately.” Gawker collected some of that gold for those who want to read more.

Cleopatra has been portrayed on-screen many times before, including in the 1963 Oscar-winning film Cleopatra by actress Elizabeth Taylor.

Villenueve is next set to helm an adaption of Dune that is scripted by Roth. This Cleopatra movie could potentially follow or maybe a James Bond movie.

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Petey is our resident movie buff. He studies journalism and film at Iona College and freelances news articles, reviews and opinion pieces about the entertainment industry on the side. Along with following Petey on Resident Entertainment you can also follow him on his blog and on Twitter.



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