Wonder Woman franchise star Gal Gadot and director Patty Jenkins are set to team up for a new Cleopatra film project.
The historical drama will tell the story of the legendary queen of Egypt and the project is set up at Paramount Pictures. The studio won the rights to the project after a bidding war between Apple, Universal, Warner Bros. and Netflix.
Gadot will obviously take on the role of Cleopatra, a character that has previously been portrayed on the big screen by Claudette Colbert and Elizabeth Taylor. This is a perfect role for Gadot to take on and I think that she’ll be great in the role.
There have been a few Cleopatra film projects being developed in recent years, including a project at Sony Pictures that at one point was rumored to star Angelina Jolie and another point Lady Gaga. There’s no word on what the status of that project is.
Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island) is set to write the screenplay for the film and I’m curious to see what Jenkins has panned for the film. This is obviously a great story and while we’ve already seen told, it will be cool to see this ancient world in which the story is set visually brought to life for modern audiences.
Paramount Motion Picture Group President Emma Watts and the studio’s chairman Jim Gianopulos reportedly pushed hard to land this Cleopatra film project. Watts is a fairly new addition to the studio and has apparently been “encouraging her colleagues to get more aggressive in finding splashy material and urging them to think more creatively about reinvigorating tired franchises.”
What do you think about Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins teaming back up for a new Cleopatra movie?