Friday, October 24, 2008

3D Rock 'n' Roll Cleopatra Musical

Director Steven Soderbergh is getting ready to release "Che" starring Benecio Del Toro, but that hasn't stopped him from prepping his next couple projects. Soderbergh intends to make a live-action rock 'n' roll musical, in 3D, that is based on the life of Cleopatra. Soderbergh had previously tapped the indie rock band Guided by Voices, who have already written the music and their former bass player James Greer has penned the script.

"Cleo" as the film has been titled, will shop in the next two weeks for around $30 million, with Greg Jacobs and Casey Silver producing, Variety reports. Steven Soderbergh has his eye on his Cleopatra and Marc Antony already and seems to be close to locking them in. Soderbergh will trust Catherine Zeta Jones as a clear choice for Cleo, while her Roman lover may be played by Hugh Jackman. Both of the choices seem very clear for the role considering Hugh Jackman has won a Tony for his Broadway role in The Boy from Oz. Catherine Zeta Jones just screams Cleopatra, is there any denying it? Furthermore, Zeta Jones won Best Supporting Actress from the 2002 musical "Chicago."

Soderbergh before shooting his rock 'n' roll Cleo, will film "The Girlfriend Experience." The film revolves around a $10,000 a night call girl. Soderbergh has tapped the successful porn star Sasha Grey to play the call girl in a film that will be simultaneously be released in theaters, on DVD and aired on the HDNet movie channel.

Thoughts on a 3D rock 'n' roll musical about Cleopatra starring Hugh Jackman and Catherine Zeta Jones? I live for musicals but remain a tad skeptical on this property.