13 Jan – Ang Lee, the man behind the recent Oscar and BAFTA Awards nominee "Life Of Pi", is dying to helm the camera for "Cleopatra", which will be an adaptation of Pulitzer Prize-winning non-fiction author Stacy Schiff's critically-acclaimed book "Cleopatra – A Life", according to Taipei Times.
"I'm about to read the script. It just feels right to me after all the other types of films I've done. What does it have in common with any of them? They're all totally different! That's what makes this perfect," said Lee, who is interested to direct the biopic of the Egyptian queen with Angelina Jolie as the female lead.
The "Cleopatra" project has started since three years ago and already several well-known directors like James Cameron, Paul Greengrass and David Fincher, had declined to direct the film.
Apart from that, Lee said that he was overwhelmed by the amount of nominations received by "Life Of Pi" after the nominations list was announced on 10 January. His fantastical film about the survival of a young Indian boy when he becomes the sole survivor of a shipwreck along a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker, grabbed 11 nominations, making the film the second highest, as Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" leads the race with 12 nominations.
"I am deeply honoured, and frankly a little overwhelmed, by all of the nominations that "Life Of Pi" has received," Lee claimed.
The Taiwanese filmmaker also said, "So many talented people gave everything they had to this film and to see all of them receive this kind of recognition is something I am incredibly grateful for."
Lee had previously won Oscars for "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" for Best Foreign Language Film and "Brokeback Mountain" for Best Director.