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New "Cleopatra" Film

Posted: December 2nd, 2006 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
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Columbia Pictures has acquired screen rights to "Cleopatra," a new take on the life of the Egyptian queen. The story will be written by Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Stacy Schiff, who has made a seven-figure publishing deal for it, in which she intends to dispel the movie myths that focused on pageantry and Cleopatra's skills as a seductress.

Book will present her as a firm ruler and military tactician who embarked on a ruthless rise to power. Cleopatra twice married brothers, killing each of them as well as a sister. Romantic alliances with the much-older Roman honchos Julius Caesar and Marc Antony helped her solidify power, but her dalliance with Antony undid both of them.

The last time Hollywood tackled "Cleopatra" in a big way, the result was one of the most expensive films ever, a 1963 symbol of decadence best remembered for a torrid affair between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, who were married to others at the time.

Source: Variety


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