The director of Falcon And The Winter Soldier for Marvel and Disney+ is taking over the reins for Cleopatra. The Gal Gadot-led historical epic was due to be helmed by Patty Jenkins. Kari Skogland has replaced the Wonder Woman director at Paramount Pictures.
Patty Jenkins has reportedly stepped aside, according to Deadline, due to her commitments to Wonder Woman 3 and Star Wars: Rogue Squadron. Latest reports indicated that Rogue Squadron was being shelved indefinitely due to creative differences at Lucasfilm and that Jenkins was being managed out. Jenkins will move upstairs to be a producer on Cleopatra.
Laeta Kalogridis wrote the script for Cleopatra while Charles Roven, Jenkins, Gadot, and Jaron Varsano produce.
The movie will explore the life of the famed Ancient Egyptian ruler who had a complicated relationship with Rome as she became the lover of Caesar and later Marc Antony.
The story has been told several times before on screen. The most famous version stars Elizabeth Taylor in the eponymous role alongside Richard Burton, Rex Harrison, Roddy McDowall, and Martin Landau.
Elizabeth Taylor signed on to portray the title role for a record-setting salary of $1 million. The troubled production was delayed by Taylor’s health problems, then production was suspended after it had gone over budget with only ten minutes of usable footage ready.
During filming, a scandal made worldwide headlines when it was reported that co-stars Taylor and Richard Burton had an adulterous affair. Filming was finally completed on July 28, 1962, and further reshoots were made from February to March 1963.
With the estimated production costs totaling $31 million, the film became the most expensive film ever made up to that point and nearly bankrupted the studio, 20th Century Fox.