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Columbia's epic 'Cleopatra' is proving to be as treacherous as its legendary subject. While Angelina Jolie was long-ago attached to star in the film, the studio is having trouble securing a director for the project. For a while, it looked like David Fincher ('The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo') would helm the film, but word recently came down that negotiations between Fincher and Columbia broke down. Not wasting any time, the studio is now apparently in talks with Ang Lee ('Brokeback Mountain') for the gig. Incidentally, Fincher has also yet to commit to directing 'The Girl Who Played with Fire,' the second installment of the remakes of the Millennium Trilogy. Sony, Columbia's sister company, is producing that. While no official deal is on the table yet for Lee, sources say the courting has begun.
This is becoming a far more interesting story that I ever contemplated another Cleopatra movie could be. I think over the last few years, with a slew of paint-by-number entries like the new 'Clash of the Titans' movies, I sort of becamed turned off to big-budget epics. I've seen a ton of movies in this sword and sandal genre, and the last one I really felt excelled was Ridley Scott's 'Gladiator.' Yes, Angelina Jolie is beautiful, but do we really need to see her display that fact yet again for two-hours in elegant costumes and makeup? Now, if Fincher were directing, I'd be a bit more intrigued. I'm disappointed that he's out, but I can understand how he would lose interest in this film. Hopefully however, he will sign on to do the next film in the Millennium Trilogy. Now that Lee is being courted, I'm back to apathy. Although if his new film 'Life of Pi' is as epically gorgeous as the trailers profess, that apathy may give way to optimism. Let's just hope they haven't changed directors again before then.
What do you guys think? Is anyone legitimately excited for this project? Is Ang Lee the right choice? Would Fincher have been?