Run Fincher, run!
I don’t know if it’s just me, but Angelina Jolie seems to have gotten too big for her britches. What happened to that feisty and charming young thing we saw in Gia and Girl, Interrupted? To be fair, it’s not just Angelina; there seems to be an odd phenomenon that occurs at some invisibly lined point of stardom, when an actor becomes too famous. Or is it too full of herself? Madonna hit it (yes, I am loath to call her an actor), Gwynnie, Johnny (though he can still be likable) … Particularly, there are a few stars that shine so brightly they can call all the shots, run an entire project and sit around waiting for things to come together exactly how they want. Those sorts of projects can often produce horrendous results (Oprah: Beloved, Madonna: any film) but it doesn’t seem to stop the films from being made or the star from being treated like a queen. So from the moment I first read that Ms. Jolie wanted to star in her own version of Cleopatra, I rolled my eyes and envisioned the disaster that is sure to come. Any of us can pretty much mentally picture she of giant, pillow lips decked out in a flowing, white gown, breasts heaving and forced, put-on dialogue being spewed in Angie’s best take-me-serious, feministic voice.
The actress intends to portray the queen as depicted in the best selling biography Cleopatra: A Life, by Stacy Schiff, which focuses on Cleopatra’s intelligence and political maneuvers, rather than the seductress many have come to remember. Previously, James Cameron was rumored to be interested in making the film in 3D (of course!), but he has instead decided to work on the sequels to Avatar. Now Deadline says David Fincher may be up for the job. But Fincher is currently working on the U.S. version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and who knows how quickly he’ll want to move on to the second of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series? Does anyone even have any interest in this thing, regardless of director?
Coincidentally, in the midst of writing this I read the news that the fabulous Elizabeth Taylor has passed away. RIP, Your Majesty.