Ang Lee Interested in Directing 'Cleopatra' Still Starring Angelina Jolie
With the adaptation of Yann Martel's book Life of Pi getting plenty of awards acclaim (after many considered the story to be unfilmmable), director Ang Lee might get another long-gestating project off the ground. THR recently spoke with the filmmaker at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, and revealed that he's actually looking at Cleopatra, the historical biopic which still has Angelina Jolie attached in the titular role, as his next film. From a director who has done films like Hulk and Brokeback Mountain, this is yet another completely different project for his career, and that's what has Lee interested.
Lee told THR, ""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.” The project has been developing since 2010 with directors like Paul Greengrass, James Cameron and David Fincher, and when the latter fell away last August, Lee was mentioned as a potential replacement. Frankly, a historical biopic like this with Jolie would be quite an intriguing prospect, and you can almost guarantee that it would bring Lee back to the Academy Awards as a contender yet again. Meanwhile, come back tomorrow to see how Life of Pi fares with Oscar nominations.