Gal Gadot, ‘Wonder Woman’ Director Patty Jenkins to Re-Team for Paramount’s ‘Cleopatra’

The epic story of the Egyptian Queen of the Nile returns to the screens. Deadline has reported that "Wonder Woman" director Patty Jenkins and star Gal Gadot will be reuniting at Paramount Pictures for "Cleopatra," which reportedly closed the deal for the film over the weekend. The biographical drama is led by Laeta Kalogridis, author of Oliver Stone's sword-and-sandal epic “Alexander” and Martin Scorsese's “Shutter Island,” and the creator and executive producer of Netflix's recently canceled science fiction series “Altered Carbon “, Written. ”
This new version of “Cleopatra,” the latest female epic from the dream team Gadot and Jenkins, following Warner Bros.'s hit “Wonder Woman” and the upcoming “Wonder Woman 1984”, is produced by Charles Roven, Jenkins of Atlas Entertainment, Gadot and her pilot Wave Motion Pictures partner Jaron Varsano. Kalogridis will also act as executive producer. According to Deadline, Gadot recently participated in a series of zoom pitches with Jenkins and the producers to create the story beats based on Kalogridis' research.
According to the deadline, there is an "accelerated schedule" in which Kalogridis immediately starts writing the Paramount epic on a large budget. A “Cleopatra” update has been in the works for years, including from Sony Pictures with Amy Pascal and Scott Rudin, based on Stacy Schiff's biography, with Angelina Jolie as an attachment. Potential directors included James Cameron, Denis Villeneuve and David Fincher.
The buzz for the project is despite the fact that Joseph L. Mankiewicz's lavish 1963 version, with Elizabeth Taylor as Queen of the Nile and Richard Burton as Mark Anthony, nearly fueled the 20th century fox at the time because of its bloated budget and production shortfalls . and disappointing box office returns. The film won four of its nine Academy Award nominations, but quickly became a cautionary story for large studio projects.
In the meantime, Jenkins and Gadot's “Wonder Woman 1984” is on the agenda. The sequel was shuffled four times on the release calendar by Warner Bros. due to the pandemic, but the film is expected to open for Christmas Day release on December 25, 2020. It was originally supposed to open on June 5th and then August 14th, then October 2nd.
IndieWire has contacted Paramount Pictures for comment.
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