Before Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot present their latest collaboration "Wonder Woman 1984", their next project has already been launched. Paramount secured "Cleopatra" - and beat Netflix, among others.
Gal Gadot swaps the lasso of truth for the throne in ancient Egypt. Deadline reports that the Israeli, known for "Wonder Woman," will star in a new "Cleopatra" movie.
And the production will take over her companion: filmmaker Patty Jenkins will sit in the director's chair after she also directed Gadot in the "Wonder Woman" sequel "Wonder Woman 1984."
The release of the DCEU film is at least currently dated 23 December 2020 – but like all other potential mega-blockbusters, it is also likely to be postponed soon.
PARAMOUNT WINS BIDDING CONTEST AGAINST NETFLIX & CO.
Deadline's Mike Fleming Jr. also says there was a bidding contest in Hollywood for the film, which also involved Apple, Netflix, Universal Pictures, and Warner Bros. In the end, Paramount took the project.
"Cleopatra" is the first major cinema project that Paramount is landing under the new chairman of paramount Motion Picture Group Emma Watts. Watts has been in office since last June 2020 and, according to insiders, is eager to put more pressure on the competition and launch larger projects in the future. "Cleopatra" is only the first step of this new route.
The screenplay for the historical drama about the legendary last queen of the Egyptian Ptolemaic empire, who reigned as a female pharaoh from 51 to 30 BC, comes from Laeta Kalogridis, who brings both experiences with historical fabrics and female title heroines.
It is not yet known when filming for "Cleopatra" will begin.
AND DENIS VILLENEUVE'S "CLEOPATRA"?
Already in 2017, we reported on a new "Cleopatra" film. At the time, screenwriter David Scarpa revealed in an interview the first details of an adaptation that should be screened by none other than Denis Villeneuve.
Since then, however, the project has been quiet, for which James Cameron, Paul Greengrass, and Ang Lee have also been in discussion. Because in recent years, as we all know, the Canadian has had a lot to do with "Dune". The sci-fi epic based on Frank Herbert's legendary original was originally scheduled to hit theaters in 2020 but was postponed until September 30, 2021, due to the Corona pandemic.