This should be a fun watch. Steven Soderbergh is planning a 3-D musical on Cleopatra. Catherine Zeta Jones is touted to play Cleopatra. And, Soderbergh wants Hugh Jackman to play Marc Antony.
Cleopatra will be Soderbergh’s first musical. According to Variety, the $30 million Cleopatra will be produced by Greg Jacobs and Casey Silver.
Veteran pop punkers Guided by Voices have provided the music for the film, which has been written by the band’s erstwile bassist James Greer.
Soderbergh’s next few releases include Che, an epic based on Argentine guerilla Che Guevara, played by Bernicio del Toro. Che, which debuted in the 2008 Cannes festival will be be released in two parts: The Argentine and Guerrilla.
The other Soderbergh movie slated for release is The Informant starring Matt Damon.
In the pipeline, is the biopic Liberace, which stars Michael Douglas in the title role, and Matt Damon as his lover, who sues him for palimony.
Soderbergh’s The Girlfriend Experience is in production and will be released in 2009. The movie stars porn star Sasha Grey who plays a $10,000-a-night call girl. This is the first of Soderbergh’s six-picture deal with HDNet movie channel. The Girlfriend Experience will be distributed in theaters, on DVD and
the HDNet movie at the same time.
Cleopatra has been adapted for movie screen several times, notably in 1934 and 1963. The 1934 Cecil B. DeMille Cleopatra starred Claudette Colbert as Cleopatra, Warren William as Julius Caesar, and Henry Wilcoxon. The movie was panned severely by critics.
The 1963 Cleopatra starred Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra, Rex Harrison as Julius Caesar and Richard Burton as Marc Antony. The movie won four Oscars, Best Picture at the Golden Globes and Best Actor for Rex Harrison.