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Is Alexander the Great Big Enough for Two Films?

It's only fitting that antiquity's greatest conqueror should have competing film projects.

Variety reports that producer Dino De Laurentiis ("Hannibal") is developing an Alexander the Great biopic, and he's looking to reunite with director Ridley Scott and screenwriter Ted Tally ("Silence of the Lambs") to bring the film to fruition. De Laurentiis recently secured the rights to three Alexander novels written by Valerio Manfredi and given the epic scope of the books—they cover ten years and a slew of battles—the project is going to need an expert hand to make it work. Scott's Oscar-nominated handling of "Gladiator" certainly qualifies as "expert."

News of De Laurentiis' "Alexander" project can't make writer/director Christopher McQuarrie happy. Earlier this year, McQuarrie finally received funding to develop his "Alexander" dream project, but now that De Laurentiis is swooping in with coffers of cash and a possible big-time director, McQuarrie's version might be crushed before production even begins.

Posted by Mac on June 28, 2001 05:28 PM
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