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3/3/03

Upcoming "Swords and Sandals" films set in or involving Ancient Persia

By Darius Kadivar

A number of Film projects and a TV series are currently being developed in Hollywood Studios involving prestigious names as Leonardo Di Caprio, Nicole Kidman or Mel Gibson.


Leonardo Di Caprio will cast the Macedonian Conqueror
along with Nicole Kidman as his mother Olympias

"Alexander the Great" to be directed by Baz Luhrman ( "Moulin Rouge", "Romeo + Juliette" ) is to be released in 2004 with Leonardo Di Caprio ( "Titanic", "Gangs of New York" ). The film is expected to become the second-largest production of all-time, with 5,000 extras and a 150 million-dollar budget, including 50 million dollars for shooting in Morocco. Jobs are to be created at the beginning of the studio construction works in February 2003. Other projects on Alexander seem to inspire Hollywood directors. After Martin Scorses who gave up, and has already cast Leonardo Di Caprio in his latest film "The Gangs of NY", Oliver Stone ( "Platoon", "Wall Street") has been battling for the past Five years on a film on the Macedonian conqueror and wants to cast Irish with actors Collin Farrel, Heath Ledger, and Matthew McConaughey in what appears as a competition for the title role , and with Chris McQuarrie's script ( "The Usual Suspects" ) read review of Alexander Script.

Italian Film Producer and husband to Sophia Loren, Dino De Laurentis, also wants to produce an Alexander film to be directed by Ridley Scott (Gladiator), has a very different casting approach. "I would like to have big stars in the secondary roles," he says, "but I would get an unknown for the part of Alexander - a unique human being." but the film project on the epileptic "Macedonian hero" whose body, unlike that of his father Phillipe II has never been discovered to this date , and is said to have died at the age of 33 back from his conquest of Babylon " seems to be still held in suspension.


Alexander's eyes, Mel Gibson will be starring as the
Macedonian hero in "Fire from Heaven" a mini-series

As for Mel Gibson is producing and Directing a $200 million, 10-hour mini-series on Alexander the Great entitled "Fire From Heaven" which is scheduled to start shooting in September in Morocco, Italy and Thailand. Gibson believes his 10-hour mini-series will have the edge over his feature-film rivals. "It's such a huge story," he says. "You just can't tell the story of Alexander the Great in a couple of hours."


Colin Farrel will be joining Oliver Stone
on the set of Alexander the Great

Olvier Stone will start shooting in June 2003 Alexander's Epic life story with Irish Colin Farrel in the title role the film is programmed for release in 2004.

"The Gates of Fire" a remake of the "300 Spartans" based on the novel of Steven Pressfield is to be directed by Michael Mann ( "Heat", "Ali" ) with George Clooney ( "Ocean Eleven", "Solaris" ) as Producer and actor, Bruce Willis ( "Die Hard", "Armageddon") is said to be interested in playing the title role. Who will be cast in the role of King Xerxes is still unknown, and no production date has been announced yet. Read review of Gates of Fire Script.

Authors Notes:
Alexander's tomb is still missing, and subject to numerous speculations. His father's tomb Phillip IIhowever was discovered in 1977.

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