Movie Star’s Joaquin Phoenix
Apple TV+ has picked up is Ridley Scott’s Kitbag. The movie is about Napoleon’s origin story and stars Joaquin Phoenix as the French Emperor.
According to Deadline, Apple has agreed to both finance and help produce the movie with work starting in the UK in early 2022.
The screenplay was written by David Scarpa and Scott will produce alongside Kevin Walsh. Here’s what Scott had to say about the project –
“Napoleon Bonaparte is a man I’ve always been fascinated by. He came out of nowhere to rule everything — but all the while he was waging a romantic war with his adulterous wife Josephine. He conquered the world to try to win her love, and when he couldn’t, he conquered it to destroy her, and destroyed himself in the process.”
“No actor could ever embody Napoleon like Joaquin. He created one of movie history’s most complex Emperors in Gladiator, and we’ll create another with his Napoleon. It’s a brilliant script written by David Scarpa, and today there’s no better partner than Apple to bring a story like this to a global audience.”
The official synopsis for Kitbag reads –
“The film is an original and personal look at Napoleon’s origins and his swift, ruthless climb to emperor, viewed through the prism of his addictive and often volatile relationship with his wife and one true love, Josephine. The intention of the film is to capture Napoleon’s famous battles, relentless ambition and astounding strategic mind as an extraordinary military leader and war visionary.”
Additionally, Apple Studios has a first-look deal with Sir Ridley’s Scot Free Productions for all future TV projects.