Steven Soderbergh is Making a 3D Cleopatra Rock Musical

October 24, 2008

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I hope no one confuses this with the other three-dimensional live-action story of Cleopatra with music by a '90s indie rock band that's directed by an acclaimed Oscar-winner and stars Wolverine and T-Mobile:

For his next directing effort, Steven Soderbergh is plotting a 3-D live-action rock ’n’ roll musical about Cleopatra.

He is courting Catherine Zeta-Jones to play the Egyptian queen and Hugh Jackman to play her lover, Marc Antony.

The music has been written by the indie rock band Guided by Voices, and the script is by James Greer, a former bass player for the band and an author.

I can't make anything out of that. Shake up your movie-element Boggle and try again, because this one is nonsense. Computer-animated kittens telling the story of American independence through hip hop, with voices by Jenna Elfman and Charlie Sheen (performing original songs by Warren G), in a film directed by Peter Jackson, is both more commercially viable and logical, and I just made up that scenario by combining the first things that came to mind. That's a testament to how little sense this makes.

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