After a ballooning budget nearly bankrupted 20th Century Fox in the mid-1960s, Cleopatra is both illustrious and notorious, with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton’s 1963 historical epic legendary for its lavishness.
The lavish tale, which came in at $31 million when it was originally released, isn’t shocking that the studio didn’t make a single penny of profit on the project until three years after Cleopatra had opened in theaters.
Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins have been working on their own version for a while now, although the Wonder Woman director recently stepped down to be replaced by Kari Skogland of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, but she’ll continue to serve as a producer.
Speaking to InStyle, Gal Gadot teased that she’d be bringing something unique to the table, which hopefully reflects today’s world.
“I can’t reveal a lot, but I can tell you that we’re going to celebrate the Cleopatra story. We’re going to show not just how sexy and appealing she was, but how strategic and smart, and how much impact she had and still has on the world we’re living in today. I’ve watched all the Cleopatra movies throughout history, but I feel like we’re telling the story the world needs to hear now.”
There is currently no word on a production start date, but despite the recent behind-the-scenes shuffling, it’s anticipated that Gadot and Jenkins will reunite on Cleopatra before getting to Wonder Woman 3.
About Gal Gadot
Gal Gadot is an Israeli actress and model. She was born and raised in Israel and served in the IDF for two years.
At age 18, she moved to the United States to pursue a modeling career. She has been featured as Wonder Woman since 2016, first in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and then The LEGO Batman Movie (2017). In 2017 Gadot received a Golden Globe Award nomination for her performance as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman in Wonder Woman (2017), which she won.
Gal Gadot graces the cover of Vanity Fair’s Hollywood Issue 2018 with Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie, Saoirse Ronan, Jessica Chastain and Emma Stone among others on March 1, 2018.
On December 7, 2017, it was announced that Gadot will reprise her role as Wonder Woman in a solo movie which is scheduled to be released on November 1, 2019.
In the meantime, Gadot has been filming for an upcoming Warner Bros. film entitled “Catherine The Great”, playing Catherine II of Russia.
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