Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins is to team back up with Gal Gadot on the upcoming Cleopatra film as the Egyptian queen is set to return to the screen. Paramount Pictures recently obtained the rights to the upcoming project which saw them come out the victor in a reported tug of war against the likes Netflix, Universal, Warner Bros. and Apple.
The film has been touted as being Gadot’s idea and is a reflection of the times we find ourselves living in, the project was sold after Zoom pitch meetings which described the story in detail. Jenkins will be at the helm of a film starring Gadot once more after the success of Wonder Woman. The film is described as a period biographical drama, the screenplay is penned by Laeta Kalogridis, Atlas Entertainment’s Charles Roven produces alongside Jenkins, Gadot, and Pilot Wave Motion Pictures’ Jaron Varsano.
Filmmakers have been telling the story of the Egyptian queen, Cleopatra, for over a century, with performances including Theda Bara in 1917 and Claudette Colbert in 1934. She was very famously played by Elizabeth Taylor in the 1963 adaption, which was directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. She co-starred alongside Rex Harrison as Julius Caesar, with the movie nearly bankrupting 20th Century Fox when it was made, as it set the record for the most expensive movie production at the time but it was all worthwhile when it won four of its nine Emmy nominations at the Academy Awards.
Cleopatra is the daughter of Ptolemy, an ancestor of the leader of Alexander the Great’s army. When Rome’s ruler Julius Caesar’s mentor-turned-rival Pompey fled to Egypt they fought it out for control of the empire which saw Egypt fall under the ruling of the Romans. Which leads to Cleopatra finding herself in a complicated position that plays out in dramatic circumstances.
It’s reported by Deadline that Cleopatra is said to be on the fast track to production as Paramount eyes it up as it’s next monster-sized blockbuster but obviously in the current climate who knows when we will see Cleopatra arrive in cinemas.