Last May, Angelina was photographed entering and leaving Martin Scorcese's NY townhouse, where she reportedly spent 3 hours. The purpose of the visit -- recently revealed through the hacked Sony emails -- was to get Scorcese to sign on to direct Cleopatra. Additional leaked emails show the meeting was apparently fruitful as 6 months later, Sony and Scorcese were hammering out the terms of a deal and he had identified the other actors he wants in lead roles.
While Amy Pascal is quoted as saying that she finds Scorcese's version of Cleopatra "very complicated", I am excited by the prospect of Scorcese directing because I find him to be a better match to the material than either David Fincher or Ang Lee.
I find it interesting that Scorcese wants Daniel Day-Lewis and Leo DiCaprio in the film with Angelina. While David Fincher was still attached, Day-Lewis and Javier Bardem were rumored for roles. Day Lewis is probably being eyed to play Julius Caesar as he looks and is age-appropriate for the role. DiCaprio seems more physically suited to play Octavius -- except he's already too old -- which means he's probably being eyed to play Mark Antony. He isn't an obvious match for the reportedly muscular Antony and it would be interesting to see what sort of chemistry he would have with Angelina. Tom Hardy would have been my pick for the role. But a Jolie - DiCaprio - Day-Lewis film directed by Scorcese would obviously be a potenital box-office and Awards juggernaut.
A deal with Scorcese had not been finalized as of mid-November when the hack was discovered although there was mention of a potential 2016 start after Scorcese finshes with Silence. When asked by Anne Thompson a few weeks after the hack if she would be "in control" of Cleopatra, Angelina replied. "I don't know. I'm not directing it. I'm just waiting on that one. I'm focusing on Africa right now, but no, I'm waiting to see what's going to happen. We've been slowly developing the script with Eric Roth, who's a great writer, and I've loved working on that and it's great. But it's big and it's complicated."
There doesn't seem to be any major sticking points to a potential deal with Scorcese -- he wants to be paid at least as much as the $10M+ he received for Wolf of Wall St and Hugo, plus producer credit, and he wants Paramount to be able to join in -- and Sony seems agreeable to all of his demands including Paramount co-financing so long as they retain distribution. But as noted above, Pascal has reservations about Scorcese's interpretation and that may be the bigger reason why a deal has not yet been signed: “Marty's version of Cleopatra is very complicated... but it's just my opinion.”
Scorcese starts filming Silence in a few weeks and will probably be busy in post and promotion through the rest of 2015. There is a good possibility that when he is done with Silence we could see Cleopatra finally start production -- perhaps by Spring 2016 -- with a director and a powerhouse cast that would pique the interest of even the avowed skeptics.
geektyrant and overtice.com.br
by Joey Paur
...The studio has already had a meeting with the director, and thanks to overtice.com.br, we have details on the proposal for him to direct the movie from an email sent by Mark Wyman to studio executives. ... Note: All quoted emails have been retranslated back into English from Portuguese.)
"Rick" is mpresumably Scorcese's manager Rick Yorn
“He had a conversation with Rick. He said that Marty is interesting, but the proposal will have to ‘impress him’ and he will want a good rate of development and producer credit. He mentioned that he will begin shooting Silence soon, you know something about this film?
“He (Rick) told me that Marty received more than 10MM for Wolf (Wallstreet) and Hugo (Cabret). He (Martin) also said that Daniel Day Lewis and Leo (DiCaprio) would have to be in Cleo, along with Angelina (Jolie).
“He also mentioned a must with Paramount, but he said 'Amy knows about it,' with the implication that ok Paramount co-finance only because 'Amy knows.' I told him that this could be an obstacle, but maybe they could be passive financiers no right to distribution, which he thought might work.
“Let's see what happens.”The Wyman email was sent on 13 November and received the following replies from Amy Pascal , Doug Belgrad and Michael DeLucca:
“We need to be equal partners, so this is certainly something to offer for Paramount. I'd hate to have to give up any distribution in such a film.” - Doug Belgrad
“Angie, Leo, Daniel? I'll believe until there…” - Amy Pascal
“I hate the phrase ‘impress you’ (blow him away in the original), it seems that we have to bribe you to do this.” - Michael De LucaHere are the last two opinions on Scorsese's potential involvement with the movie:
“Cleopatra? Marty is committing?” - Jeff Robinov
“Marty's version of Cleopatra is very complicated... but it's just my opinion.” - Pascal