Canadian director Denis Villeneuve linked to 'Cleopatra' biopic

Sep 29, 2017, 00:22
Canadian director Denis Villeneuve linked to 'Cleopatra' biopic

Denis Villeneuve's career certainly is on the rise, especially coming off chatter that Blade Runner 2049 will be hailed as a "masterpiece", and now comes word that the director may be attached to another big, long-developed film over at Sony. In the past, Paul Greengrass and James Cameron have been linked to the film, but now it appears to be Villeneuve's project.

Sony has not announced when they expect to release Cleopatra. Sony's Cleopatra was one of the projects that was maligned by hacking back in 2014, where in a leaked email Rudin called then-rumoured star Angelina Jolie "out of her mind" about the movie.

According to Deadline, Denis Villeneuve is now in early talks to direct the film based on Stacy Schiff's book.

The Arrival helmer is in talks to direct the project from producers Scott Rudin and Amy Pascal via their Scott Rudin Productions and Pascal Pictures banner. With Blade Runner 2049 officially in the bag, the stylistic filmmaker will begin working on his upcoming adaptation of Frank Herbert's sci-fi novel Dune and is also one of the frontrunners to helm James Bond 25. Taking on a historical epic like Cleopatra will be new territory for Villeneuve, but everything we've seen so far from him has been nothing short of incredible - so we'll be following this one intently. He is now attached to direct a reboot of Dune, but the plan is for him to develop Cleopatra while he finishes that film.