Steven Soderbergh Making 3-D Rock 'n Roll Cleopatra Film
by Alex Billington
October 24, 2008
Oscar winning filmmaker Steven Soderbergh has announced his next project - a 3-D live-action rock 'n roll musical about Cleopatra. You heard that right, he's going all the way back to ancient Egypt and bringing Catherine Zeta-Jones and Hugh Jackman along with him! Apparently Zeta-Jones will star as Queen Cleopatra while Jackman will play her lover, Marc Antony. The budget is set at $30 million and the project will queue up behind two of Soderbergh's other upcoming feature projects. The music for the film was written by indie rock band Guided by Voices and the script was penned by James Greer, a former bass player for the band and writer. Is it just me or has Soderbergh officially gone mad?
As much as I love Soderbergh (he's one of my all-time favorite directors), I'm really not sure what to think about this. I guess I need to hear more about the story, or what the heck is even going on, to really understand. This seems like a project better suited for Baz Luhrmann, not Soderbergh, but then again, who really knows? Soderbergh's other projects include The Informant, which he's already finished; Liberace, a biopic about the famous musician starring Michael Douglas; and The Girlfriend Experience, a low-budget indie film about a $10,000-a-night call girl. Add this musical to the list, and the epic Che Guevara biopic that he just finished, and Soderbergh has one hell of a crazy line-up of upcoming films!