Ang Lee mulls ‘Cleopatra’ film with Angelina Jolie

Staff writer, with CNA, LOS ANGELES

Fri, Jan 11, 2013 - Page 3

Oscar-winning Taiwanese director Ang Lee (李安) said on Wednesday in Los Angeles that he is interested in directing actress Angelina Jolie in a remake of the 1963 film Cleopatra, which starred Elizabeth Taylor.

Lee told the Hollywood Reporter at the Palm Springs International Film Festival Gala that he was “about to read the script,” adding that “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,” Lee said.

The Cleopatra project first began in 2010, with Jolie confirming her involvement. However, it has lost three directors: Paul Greengrass of The Bourne Ultimatum, James Cameron of Avatar and David Fincher of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

The possibility of Lee getting involved in the film was first broached in August last year when Fincher walked away from the project.

The remake is to be based on an adaptation of the book Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff.

This year may mark a big one for Lee, as his latest film, Life of Pi (少年PI的奇幻漂流), has been tipped for a clutch of nominations when the Academy Awards nominees were to be announced in Los Angeles yesterday.

Life of Pi has so far been nominated in the Golden Globe Awards, the Producers Guild Awards, the Directors Guild of America Awards and the British Academy Film Awards.