Cleopatra is moving from Paramount to Universal.
Deadline has confirmed that Universal is looking to pick up Cleopatra starring Gal Gadot. The Project was initially in development at Paramount, with The Falcon and the Winter Soldier executive producer and director Kari Skogland attached to direct. Per the outlet, Paramount looks to be losing the project since the studio failed to meet the timeline the creative team deemed necessary.
Cleopatra is being produced by Atlas Entertainment’s Charles Roven, Gal Gadot and her Pilot Wave Motion Pictures partner Jaron Varsano. Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island), who wrote the screenplay, is executive producing, as is Wonder Woman filmmaker, Patty Jenkins. As of this writing, deals are not currently yet in place with Universal.
It is of note that Roven is also working with Universal on Christopher Nolan’s upcoming WWII feature, Oppenheimer, so there is a link between him and the studio already. Paramount is still interested in the project and talks still seem to be underway between the producers and Universal, so it’s possible things will change. For now, though, it looks like Cleopatra will be making the jump to Universal.
A Cleopatra film has been in the works for years with actress Angelina Jolie initially set to star. That project, however, appears to have since stalled. Cleopatra currently does not have a release date.