When it comes to Angelina Jolie’s latest film endeavor Cleopatra, directors are dropping like flies, leading some people believe that the actress’ project will never get off the ground.
David Fincher, director of Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, was the first to back away from the project. Then Sony approached Brokeback Mountain director Ang Lee, he too walked away.
Jolie has been working on this project since late 2010, and made it very clear how badly she wants to play the beautiful Egyptian, but constantly several suffered set-backs.
It’s a more common practice for studios to have a short list of directors, but for Cleopatra, the list seems to be never ending. Her project has been repelling directors like ‘Off’ does to mosquitoes. Avatar director James Cameron and Bourne Ultimatum director Paul Greengrass have join the list of uninterested directors. Both showed no interest after being sought for the job.
To add to the bad news that plagues Cleopatra, NBC is already in production with a series following Cleopatra.
Elizabeth Taylor starred in the 1963’s version of Cleopatra. A film directed by Joseph L Mankiewicz which became the most expensive movie ever made at the time. While it was a box office flop, the film did receive great reviews and won four Oscars.
Jolie is currently filming Disney’s Maleficent, in which she will star along side her daughter, Vivienne Jole-Pitt. Read more about it here.