Ang Lee seems poised for a bit of a comeback. The Brokeback Mountain director hasn't had a bonafide hit since the Ledger/Gyllenhaal cowboy pic, which many think was robbed of the Best Picture Oscar back in 2005. Since then, he directed Lust, Caution which was buried under an NC-17 rating, and the oddly atypical Taking Woodstock, which seemed a bit too light for a filmmaker with his pedigree. But now that he has Life of Pi coming out this year, things are looking up again, and they could be looking even better if things pan out for him.
Vulture reports that Lee is Sony's choice to direct the Angelina Jolie-led take on Cleopatra, the famed Egyptian princess that was famously played by Elizabeth Taylor in one of the biggest box office disasters in Hollywood history. Lee would be a good choice for the sweeping tale of romance, manipulation, and power, but he joins a long line of directors who have been attached to this project that includes James Cameron, David Fincher, and Paul Greengrass.
It remains to be seen whether Lee is the studio's final choice (no offer is out to him yet), or just another wish-list choice, so we'll see if the (hopeful) success of Life of Pi gives Lee any sort of juice in Hollywood to make some deals. We'll keep you posted on this one.