A few months ago we reported that Sony Pictures wanted Ang Lee (Hulk, Life of Pi) to direct Angelina Jolie's Cleopatra epic. The director has now confirmed that he wants to direct it, and is taking the steps to make it happen. Here's what he told THR in a recent interview.
I'm about to read the script. It just feels right to me after all the other types of films I've done. What does it have in common with any of them? They’re all totally different! That’s what makes this perfect.
Since 2010 the film has passed through the hands of directors Paul Greengrass, James Cameron, and David Fincher. Obviously all of them ended up dropping out for one reason or another. Lee seems like a perfect fit for the material, he could use another good big movie. I love what he did with his most recent movie Life of Pi, and I think he's a great choice.
There's no word if he's been officially offered the directors chair yet, but there's definitely interest from both parties. The film is an adaptation of Stacy Schiff's bestselling book Cleopatra: A Life, and the film will tell "Cleopatra's story from a woman's perspective, depicting her as a master strategist when it comes to both politics and war."