Paramount Pictures has signed Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins to helm its upcoming Cleopatra film. Better yet, they have also cast Jenkins’ Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot in the lead role.
Deadline first reported the news. Apparently, Paramount beat out the likes of Universal, Warner Bros., Netflix, and Apple to secure the screeplay by Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island). While I’m always happy for studios beating out streaming services for high profile films, I have to wonder why Paramount outbid Netflix and Apple when there’s a good chance the studio will eventually sell the film to one of the two down the line (*cough The Lovebirds cough Killers of the Flower Moon cough*).
Gadot put the project together with Kalogridis, and the two pitched the film to the various studios. It’s unsure when the film will actually enter production due to the pandemic slowing down upcoming film development.
However, Sony is also working on a Cleopatra film meaning there could be duelling pics about the last active ruler of the Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt. Eric Roth is currently rewriting Sony’s Cleopatra script, so we’ll keep you updated on which film actually begins shooting first.
Thoughts on Gadot as Cleopatra? Are you surprised Warner Bros. didn’t try harder to land the deal since it would have reunited them with their Wonder Woman team?