David Fincher Departs 'Cleopatra,' But Ang Lee Could Maybe Direct

August 24, 2012
Source: Vulture

Cleopatra / Ang Lee

Though we're still waiting to hear whether or not David Fincher will return to direct The Girl Who Played with Fire, the sequel to last year's thriller adaptation The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, there's one project at Sony that the director will not be helming after all. Though Fincher was said to be circling a Cleopatra biopic late last year, Vulture has word that negotiations to lock down a deal have broken down, and he will not be directing the film with Angelina Jolie in the lead role. However, the studio is now setting its sights on Brokeback Mountain and Life of Pi director Ang Lee to take over the gestating film instead. More below!

It's not clear why Fincher decided to walk away from the project, but considering how long the film has been developing, this kind of movement isn't exactly surprising. Fincher flirted with the project before, but then got lost in his take on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, so maybe he has another project in his future instead. There's a chance that maybe it's on hold for The Girl Who Played with Fire as well. As of last year, Forrest Gump writer Eric Roth was said to be writing the script, but we're not sure if his draft will still be used if Ang Lee steps up to the plate. Stay tuned.

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Reader Feedback - 2 Comments


Since the critic's knives are already out for anyone who tries to remake Cleopatra, it's smart move on Fincher's part. It would be the same as anyone who may foolishly try and remake The BIrds.

Hattori Hanzo on Aug 24, 2012


Give him a Marvel film to direct. Or maybe even better, a DC one 🙂

David Banner on Aug 25, 2012

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