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[21.11.2004] Bei AICN gibt es weitere Kritiken...

[19.11.2004] Bei AICN gibt es weitere Kritiken...
[...] It was marketed as an epic, a film to end all films of conquest, greed, lust, and grandeur. But no, Alexander is none of these things. [...]

[11.11.2004] Bei AICN gibt es ein paar recht negative Kritiken...
[...] In brief, I was stunned--and I say that without snarky irony--stunned by how bad this movie was. Overacting, bizarro camera work and frame tinting, lackluster battles (except the one with the elephants but it'll be a struggle to stay with it that long) and...God, it was just a mess. Compared to it, "Troy" is "Gladiator," and the 70's tv series "I, Claudius" is looking better all the time. [...]

[04.11.2004] CS! meldet...
[...] The De Laurentiises are still developing but will not be pushing at AFM their Alexander the Great biopic Alx, which David Hare and Baz Luhrmann scripted. They are still determined to make the film, but are content to wait for the dust to clear on the Oliver Stone-directed Alexander, which is released this month. [...]

[29.10.2004] Bei und DH gibt es Infos zur Post-Production... Nicole Kidman erzählte der Toronto Sun, dass Baz Luhrmann's "Alexander the Great" definitiv nicht gedreht wird, dabei hatte sie sich sooooo darauf gefreut... *g*

[21.10.2004] Bei AICN gibt es eine Vorab-Kritik...

[14.10.2004] Bei gibt es den ersten Ausschnitt aus Oliver Stone's "Alexander" !!! Bei gibt es zahlreiche Bilder... Und das Premiere Magazine berichtet von den Dreharbeiten... SPOILER !!!

[01.10.2004] Bei CS! gibt es exklusive Download-Links zum finalen Oliver Stone's "Alexander" Trailer !!!

[27.09.2004] Die NZ titelt "Petersen: Stone hat bei Troja abgekupfert"...

[15.09.2004] Bei gibt es eine ganze Wagenladung voll Bildern...

[09.09.2004] Bei gibt es neue Bilder, u.a. von Rosario Dawson...

[29.08.2004] Bei gibt es Oliver Stone's "Alexander" TV-Spots !!!

[20.07.2004] Bei gibt es ein Interview mit Colin Farell...

[23.06.2004] Bei gibt es einen sehenswerten Werbebanner mit den Hauptcharakteren aus Oliver Stone's "Alexander"...

[26.05.2004] Der Trailer zu Oliver Stone's "Alexander" ist online !!!

[25.05.2004] Bei AICN gibt es sehenswerte Bilder aus Oliver Stone's "Alexander"...

[22.04.2004] Bei DH gibt es ein paar Bilder aus "Alexander"...

[31.03.2004] Die Offizielle Website ist gestartet...

[30.03.2004] Bei CS! gibt es ein paar Bilder aus "Alexander"...

[10.03.2004] Bei CS! gibt es ein Interview mit Val Kilmer... SPOILER !!!
"[...] I think Alexander will probably be his (Anm.: Ridley Scott) best film; it's the weirdest epic that you'll ever see! One thing that is amazing, and it's really well done, is that you go from his childhood, being taught by Aristotle, right through to his death at 37 or 38 years old." [...]

[08.03.2004] Bei CS! gibt es ein Interview mit Angelina Jolie...
[...] she has a smaller role in Oliver Stone's Alexander, playing the mother of the legendary conqueror when he was younger: "It was fast for me because I was in Morocco for two weeks and then Pinewood for almost two weeks. It felt very fast, but for the guys, it was a very dragged-out and intense filming with lots of preparation ahead of time to become soldiers. They were really put out in the dirt. With the amount of work they did, the diets they were all put on and the things they were living on, it was hard. The stories when that comes out will be amazing."
She had high praise for the director responsible for movies like Platoon, The Doors, and JFK: "I think he's a brilliant man, and he's so tapped into knowing the whole history of a country that he can make some random, off-the-cuff joke that nobody else even gets, because we don't know that much about the world and history. The interesting thing about Oliver is that he's a director who's lived a very real life. As far as these other directors that can maybe seem more sane doing these epic things about war, he gets lost in it because he knows death and he knows war and he knows survival in a deeper way."

[17.02.2004] Bei gibt es erneut einen Set-Bericht, laut dem es bei den Schlachten recht blutig zugehen soll... Vorsicht SPOILER !!!
[...] If you are wondering how those large battles you see in movies are made well it can't all be choreographed, "Some takes were longer than others, you might find your enemy dead before they stop shooting, that means that you gotta find someone else to kill. There was absolutely no way you could choreograph that, you just had to go balls out. There were guys running all over killing people, when they called cut and signaled the siren everyone was out of breath and looking like they truly just got out of a fight."
With all this fighting going on did Colin Farrell actually get involved? "Nah, he filmed the shot when Alexander is riding through the battle and slashing people with only the handle of a sword and then they re-filmed the shot with the stunt guy doing the actual slashing of the men. But it was pretty cool how they filmed it, they had a guy driving a small four wheeler, which had a camera guy strapped to the front with a big ass movie camera following the action."
"But some of the guys did do some fighting. Jared Leto gets jacked up in the end of the battle after taking on like 3 guys, it was a special choreographed fight though with close ups and Rory McCann also did several scenes where he was fighting." [...]

[07.02.2004] Bei gibt es einen weiteren Set-Bericht... Vorsicht MEGA-SPOILER !!!
[...] The shooting covers a span of eight days, all of which were battle scenes and Colin Farrell was involved at full tilt playing the role of Alexander the Great. Other notables on hand were Jared Leto, Rory McCann, Ian Beattie, and Elliot Cowan.
It is worth mention that Jared Leto plays the role of Hephaestion a Macedonian nobleman, closest friend and alleged lover of Alexander the Great and Ian Beattie plays Antigonus, one of the oldest and ablest of Alexander's Macedonian generals. [...]

[31.01.2004] Bei gibt es ein Teaser-Poster...

[29.01.2004] Bei gibt es Bilder von den Dreharbeiten in Thailand...

[21.01.2004] Bei gibt es einen Set-Bericht...
[...] As far as what they were shooting we got word that it was four separate scenes. Shooting is taking place in a jungle like setting in the Udon Thani province in Thailand. The ground is covered in leaves and the cast and ground is consistently sprayed down with a fire house to create that "tropical" effect. Also amidst the forest are several fog machines and a drummer some 50 yards away beating a large drum every 5-10 seconds. [...]

[15.01.2004] CS! meldet...
Director Oliver Stone will begin shooting scenes for the upcoming epic Alexander in Thailand this week, reports The Associated Press. Hundreds of Thai and foreign cast and crew members will start filming scenes Thursday for the movie about the life of Alexander the Great, starring Colin Farrell as the Macedonian conqueror. The film also stars Angelina Jolie, Anthony Hopkins and Val Kilmer.
It was not immediately known which, if any, of the stars will be filming in Thailand. "It is a large-scale movie. We are shooting large-scale scenes here. We are involving elephants," said publicist Michael Singer. "We have a lot of participants, both in front of and in back of the camera, who are Thai."
Parts of the story that take place in India will actually be shot in Thailand, he said, adding that the shoot will end early February. Singer would not disclose where exactly they'll be filming in Thailand, but word has it that the sets are in the provinces of Saraburi and Ubon Ratchathani.
Thailand is the final stop for the production crew, which began shooting in September and has already filmed scenes on location in Morocco and at studios near London, Singer said.

[04.12.2003] Bei DH gibt es einen Set-Bericht...

[26.11.2003] DH meldet...
Brian Blessed appeared on UK daytime TV and confirmed he plays Leonidas, who teaches the young Alexander how to fight, wrestle and generally act like a king. He also issued a challenge - it'll "make Gladiator look like Mickey Mouse".

[25.11.2003] Bei DH gibt es 3/4-nackte Bilder von Colin Farrell als Alexander... ;-)

[24.11.2003] Bei CS! gibt es Infos zu einem weiteren Alexander-Projekt...
[...] Ilya Salkind, producer of the first three Superman films, and Jeffrey Taylor, plan to produce Macedonia's Alexander the Great as the first in a trilogy of films on the life and times of Hollywood's favorite conqueror.
The film is written by Dan Skinner and will be directed by Jalal Merhi, whose previous credits include direct-to-video actioners The Circuit and Sometimes a Hero.
Aris Papadimitriou will depict Alexander's best friend, Hephaestion (a role portrayed by Jared Leto in Alexander) and Egypt's Hala Sedki will play his mother, Queen Olympias (Angelina Jolie has the part in Stone's film).
Production is scheduled to begin Feb. 7 in Greece and Egypt. And although no distributor is in place, an October release is intended. [...]

[16.11.2003] Bei CS! gibt es Bilder aus dem Magazin "People", u.a. Angelina Jolie als Olympia !!!

[06.11.2003] The Z Review hat zahlreiche Set-Bilder veröffentlicht !!!

[05.11.2003] hat ein neues "Alexander"-Bild veröffentlicht !!!

[28.10.2003] AICN-Downunder meldet...
Baz Luhrmann’s ALEXANDER THE GREAT has been delayed for "at least six months", apparently due to script revisions. I’m personally not going to put any money on it getting back up off the ground again, but time will tell.

[24.10.2003] Bei DH und AICN gibt es die ersten offiziellen Bilder !!!

[06.10.2003] CS! meldet...
German producer Thomas Schuhly, who is currently making The Untitled Alexander the Great Project with director Oliver Stone, plans to adapt Umberto Eco's novel Baudolino for the big screen. [...]
For the "Alexander" film, he says that two weeks have been completed. "We're shooting for 87 days, which must be some kind of record. We've built huge sets, and we had literally trains full of props," the producer said, promising some of the biggest battle scenes ever seen on the big screen. [...]

[02.10.2003] The Z Review liefert erste Bilder vom Set !!!

[26.09.2003] CS! meldet...
Val Kilmer, who was to have played a leading role in director Michael Mann's Tom Cruise thriller Collateral has left the project in favor of Oliver Stone's untitled Alexander film.
Kilmer's role in Intermedia's Alexander the Great project, currently filming, left him unable to do both projects at the same time. [...]

[22.09.2003] Bei CS! gibt es eine Variety-Meldung...
When Oliver Stone begins filming "Alexander the Great" Sept. 22 in Morocco, he is going right into battle. On his first day of lensing, he'll be directing a cast of 800 to re-enact the Battle of Guagamela. "I figured that killing somebody right away is a good way to break the ice," Stone says.
That victory in 331 B.C., by which Alexander and his troops ended Persian rule in Asia, was a turning point in ancient history. The scene will mark a turning point for Stone and his backer, Intermedia.
The pic will be the most expensive European film ever made -- and the future of Intermedia rests on the outcome.
Stone and Intermedia have beaten the odds to mount a film whose $150 million onscreen budget rises to $200 million once all financing costs are included.
After Morocco, they'll move to London's Pinewood Studios on Nov. 10, then head to Thailand in January. Stone wraps in January, and Warners plans to have the film in U.S. theaters by Thanksgiving 2004.

[10.09.2003] CS! meldet...
Writer/director Oliver Stone has signed his The Doors star Val Kilmer to play the Macedonian king Philip in Alexander, the Intermedia/Warner Bros. drama that begins filming Sept. 22 in Morocco.
He will play the father of Alexander (Colin Farrell) and the husband of Olympias (Angelina Jolie). Kilmer, who can next be seen in Lions Gate's Wonderland), will head to Morocco to prepare for the role.
Lensing of the film moves to London on November 10 and then wraps in early January in Thailand. Warner Bros. is expected to release Alexander in North America in November 2004.

[09.09.2003] Sunday Mail meldet...
[...] Rory McCann is being paid $1million to star as Alexander The Great's right-hand man in Oliver Stone's new epic.
The strapping 6ft 6in Scots actor was cast after the director spotted him stripped to his vest in a TV ad for Scott's Porage Oats.
Rory will be working alongside Irish star Colin Farrell, who will play the great warrior, Angelina Jolie who plays Alexander's mum, Jared Leto and Sir Anthony Hopkins.
Rory starred in Channel 4's The Book Group as wheelchair-bound Kenny. Stone is responsible for classics like The Doors, JFK and Nixon.
His movie, called simply Alexander, is one of two blockbusters about the conqueror out next year.
Moulin Rouge director Baz Luhrmann's Alexander The Great stars Leonardo Di Caprio. Rory is undergoing intensive training in a Moroccan boot camp alongside Farrell to get in shape for the film. [...]

[09.08.2003] CS! zitiert aus der aktuellen Ausgabe der "Entertainment Weekly", die ein Interview mit Baz Luhrmann publizierte...
Are you getting the cast you wanted? I've got Leonardo. In my mind, there was only one appropriate casting for Alexander and that was Leonardo. I worked with him when he was 19. He's a good friend and I've watched him grow into an actor who's truly in control of his own abilities. I've been thinking about doing Alexander for 10 years, but I never mentioned it to Leonardo. Then, when Marty [Scorsese] went to do his, he thought of Leonardo first and you totally understand why. When you see Alexander's face on screen, you've got to believe 50,000 men would follow this boy-man across the world. It's very hard to manifest humanity in a character that's an icon, but Leonardo is the guy for that kind of gig.
Who else is part of your cast? Nicole Kidman is playing Alexander's mother, Olympia, who is sort of a match for Cleopatra. I'll be seeing her in a few weeks and Leonardo in Montreal and I'm bringing them a draft, so both of them will know exactly what I'm doing. I still can't technically offer anyone contracts. I've gotten into the story by investing hugely in Alexander's childhood at the age of 9. So, I've got to find the perfect 9-year-old that looks like Leonardo as a child, who's really good with a horse and can act, and then I've got to schedule him before he grows up. As soon as I can cast the child, I can offer the contracts to the other actors.
What is the film's look? The assumed look of the ancient world was cooked up in '50s Hollywood -- everyone in white bedsheets and white miniskirts. It's definitely not that. There's a visual richness that you don't associate with the kind of camp '50s Hollywood language of it. It's a world you look at and wish you'd been part of. [Once again, Luhrmann is working with wife Catherine Martin, his production designer on ''Romeo + Juliet'' and ''Moulin Rouge.'' She won Oscars for ''Rouge'''s sets and costumes. [...]

[07.08.2003] The Mirror sprach mit Colin Farrell...

[01.08.2003] Gegenüber USA Today plauderte Colin Farrell eine Szene aus...
[...] By now, the 27-year-old chestnut-haired Irish lothario should be halfway through a hot and heavy summer fling with Angelina Jolie, who recently was added to the cast of Farrell's upcoming Alexander (the Great).
"It's kind of a cruel twist of fate," Farrell says of the casting. "I'm getting to work with Angelina, and she's playing my mother. I've only got one scene with her where I'm 18, so I've got to make sure I get a good night of sleep so I have no bags."

[30.07.2003] Empire Online hilft Baz Luhrmann bei der Suche nach einem Darsteller, der den jungen Alexander verkörpern soll... Und CS! meldet...
Jared Leto (Panic Room) will co-star in the Oliver Stone-directed Alexander, for Intermedia and Warner Bros.
Leto will play Hephaistion, Alexander's top general and his lifelong companion. Leto's role touches on one of the more sensitive plot points of both Intermedia's film and the rival saga being mounted by Baz Luhrmann and Dino De Laurentiis for Universal and DreamWorks: the conqueror's wide-ranging sexual interests.
Colin Farrell stars as Alexander, with Angelina Jolie as his mother and Anthony Hopkins as the general and future pharaoh Ptolemy.

[29.07.2003] meldet...
Continuing to assemble his all-star cast in the epic "Alexander," filmmaker Oliver Stone has found his Roxanne in actress Rosario Dawson. The two have already met, with negotiations expected to begin shortly. Dawson joined Stone and "Alexander" stars Colin Farrell and Angelina Jolie last week at the premiere of "Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life." As Roxanne, Dawson will portray Alexander's (Farrell) first wife. Intermedia is financing the film, which Warner Bros. Pictures is distributing domestically. Dawson has been working nonstop, with such upcoming features as the indie "This Girl's Life," Universal Pictures' "The Rundown" opposite Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Seann William Scott and Lions Gate Films' "Shattered Glass." The actress, repped by ICM, Untitled Entertainment and attorney Carlos Goodman, most recently starred in "25th Hour" and "Men in Black II."

[22.07.2003] CS! meldet...
Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life star Angelina Jolie has been cast by director Oliver Stone in his upcoming epic Alexander. Jolie will play the Macedonian conqueror's mother, Olympias. She joins Colin Farrell as Alexander and Anthony Hopkins, who was previously set to play Ptolemy.
Jolie will play Alexander's mother from his childhood through his reign as the king. Jolie will shoot her scenes in Morocco and London in the fall, says Variety. The role of Phillip, Alexander's father, has yet to be cast in the Warner Bros. distributed film. [...]

[08.07.2003] DH zitiert Hoohaa...
"I am an actor in Ireland but recently read for Alexander - Oliver Stone's one in Dublin. In the last month hundreds of young Irish actors read Hepahastion for his casting director (though with the feeling this was only a test scene) - with a small minority getting a callback to meet Stone (not me this time!) but several friends. On Stone's return trip to Ireland two weeks back - Jared Leto was around town - and word was with those who auditioned that he may have secured Hephastion or Alexander's other male younger lover. He, Colin and some other actors were drinking in the Clarence (U2s bar) alongside his 'Intermission' co-stars Keri Condon and Laurence Kinlan - but I decided not to push the boat and ask. Though I also did hear that an Irish actor had secured the young Anthony Hopkins character"..

[01.07.2003] DH meldet...
Variety reports that Mel Gibson might be playing Alexander's father in Baz's production - well, I guess there goes any chance of bisexual exploration in the epic.

[28.06.2003] berichtet über die Suche nach geeignetem Personal...
Wanted: 500 troops and 300 horses capable of forming a top-flight cavalry. Must be willing to work in Broken Hill with Nicole Kidman and Leonardo DiCaprio.
The director Baz Luhrmann and famed producer Dino De Laurentiis yesterday sought John Howard's help to bring their film Alexander the Great to Australia.
In a meeting in Canberra, they told the Prime Minister they needed military support to shoot the $US100 million ($151 million) movie here at desert locations in Broken Hill and at Fox Studios in Sydney. [...]
"It's not about a bunch of extras standing there holding a spear," he said. "It's precise military manoeuvres. It's about the ability to go out into the desert and bivouac down then get up in the morning and shoot."
Computer-generated images could multiply these troops into the vast armies required for battle scenes.
The other major hurdle was the number of horses required. "We really need a crack cavalry. If we could get 300 crack cavalry, we'd be cool," Luhrmann said. "With CG [computer-generated images], you don't need big numbers but you need great talents."
Luhrmann said Broken Hill had offered a site near the middle of the city for the film.
But without military support, Luhrmann said the film would probably shoot in China. [...]

[28.05.2003] berichtet über Luhrmann's Projekt, welches in Australien gedreht werden soll...
[...] "The reason that Alexander the Great really has not been done successfully before is the sheer scale of it - it's the world's biggest road movie.
"He goes from Greece to Turkey to Egypt to Jordan to the Hindu Kush to India, then all the way back again.
"And all the way, you're dealing with drama and spectacle. At one stage there were half a million people in one battle."
Whatever the eventual main location of the film, Luhrmann plans to work on the digital effects in November, then start filming once DiCaprio is finished playing the reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes in The Aviator in the middle of next year.
But he may shoot the young Alexander earlier. An international search for a boy aged seven to 10 to play the part is about to begin.
On the competition with another Alexander film planned by Oliver Stone, Luhrmann said he would not be racing to get to the screen first.
"I simply do not believe that I can make a film that requires such extraordinary challenges to be overcome and be rushing at the same time."

[22.05.2003] CS! meldet...
Following a wave of suicide attacks that killed 41 civilians last week in Casablanca, producer Dino De Laurentiis plans to move the production of Baz Luhrmann's biopic Alexander the Great to Australia, reports Variety.
De Laurentiis, who built a studio to house "Alexander" in Ouarzazate, less than 300 miles from Casablanca, has decided the political conditions are too precarious.
"Unless the situation changes in five or six months," De Laurentiis said, "any important American actor could be a target. That is a risk I cannot take."
De Laurentiis, who is in pre-production on "Alexander," said Luhrmann expects to start shooting digital footage in November and begin rehearsals with Leonardo DiCaprio, who stars, in January.

[07.05.2003] CS! meldet...
While director Oliver Stone is trying to get his version of Alexander into theaters for Thanksgiving 2004, Baz Luhrmann and producer Dino De Laurentiis now say their Alexander the Great will not be released until at least late 2005.
Variety reports that De Laurentiis said Luhrmann plans to start filming his Leonardo DiCaprio and Nicole Kidman starrer in Morocco early next year. He international sales will be shopped at the Cannes Festival. Universal and DreamWorks co-finance the film.
The ambitious project -- which carries a budget of around $150 million -- requires the casting of some 70 speaking rolesas well as hordes of extras (supplied from the Moroccan army by King Mohammed VI).
"This huge preparation can't be done in less than eight or nine months," said De Laurentiis, casting some skepticism on whether the Stone project, to be distributed by Warner Brothers and financed by Intermedia, could keep to its 2004 date.
Stone's project will star Colin Farrell in the title role, and Anthony Hopkins recently joined as well. Intermedia chief Moritz Borman reiterated confidence in his production schedule, adding that the pic had 30 staffers already on the payroll.
"Set designs are done, the costumes are done. They're working on a full pre-production schedule," he said.
Luhrmann now plans to begin his principal photography in April 2004 and shoot for six months. Borman said Stone plans to shoot for 12 weeks.
"What most attracts me is the complex character of Alexander himself," said DiCaprio. "His legend is one of the most compelling stories in human history." Kidman, who will play Olympia, said, "She is unlike any other woman I've played before, and it's a role I'm really looking forward to."

[05.05.2003] CS! meldet...
Anthony Hopkins is negotiating to star alongside Colin Farrell in Intermedia's Alexander, says Variety. The epic will be distributed by Warner Bros.
Hopkins, reteaming with his Nixon director Oliver Stone, will play the role of Ptolemy, the last surviving general in the army of Macedonian conqueror Alexander the Great who went on to become the Pharoah of Egypt. A younger actor will be cast to play Ptolemy in battle scenes.
Intermedia is in a race with the rival Baz Luhrmann-Leonardo DiCaprio project at Universal and DreamWorks, produced by Dino De Laurentiis. In a surprise move, Intermedia has established Morocco as its primary shooting location, the locale Luhrmann said he had abandoned for his home turf Australia because he couldn't get insurance for his actors. The Stone film will now take advantage of all the amenities that had been offered to its rival.
Part of Alexander will also be shot in London. Stone has already done some shooting near the Himalayas, and principal photography is on course to begin in July. Filming will stop for a month in August and resume in September.

[02.05.2003] berichtet über den "Alexander"-Wettlauf und über die Charaktere, die noch besetzt werden müssen...

[29.04.2003] meldet...
France’s Pathe has boarded Oliver Stone’s historical epic Alexander as a co-production partner and will handle distribution rights in France and Benelux.
The film, which is being financed by Intermedia and stars Colin Farrell, is scheduled to start shooting in the summer and is being structured as a UK-France-Germany co-production.
Warner Bros has domestic rights to the picture which it plans to open domestically in fall 2004 [...]

[25.04.2003] BBC Radio 1 sprach mit Colin Farrell, der sich vom Drehbuch begeistert zeigt...
[...] "Everything is in it. There's greed, there's jealousy, there's love, there's pain, there's hope, there's desperation, there's pride, there's friendship, there's betrayal. It's an amazing, amazing story."
"There's so much in it - it's so dense that it nearly reads like bad fiction. Obviously bisexual - which wasn't even an issue back then."
"There was no term for bisexuality - it was just the way society was. People made love to men and women. It was only later on you had to pick one side of the fence. It's amazing."

[05.04.2003] CS! meldet...
In the race to make an Alexander the Great film, Oliver Stone and Intermedia have begun shooting. Sort of...
Variety says Stone is way up in the mountains of Northern India, close to the Himalayas, filming background footage.
"It's bloody cold, but the sun is shining beautifully and the weather presented an opportunity we had to grab," said Intermedia chairman Moritz Borman. "Even though they're up 14,000 feet, Oliver insisted on shooting the footage himself."

[10.03.2003] CS! meldet...
Director Oliver Stone is waging an epic battle against Baz Luhrmann and Dino De Laurentiis to get his Alexander the Great off the ground first. [...]
Variety says the Stone is forging ahead with efforts to secure financing to make his biopic starring Colin Farrell. Warner Bros. will release the film domestically, and the project's originator, Intermedia, is closing in on its financing for the movie. Warners and Intermedia are looking to start production this summer.
If Stone gets his greenlight, it would upset Luhrmann and De Laurentiis' long-planned Alexander film, which is to star Leonardo DiCaprio. A co-production between Universal Pictures and DreamWorks, that epic was eyeing November for its start date. [...]

[12.02.2003] sprach mit Colin Farrell...
[...] "If it happens with Stone, I'm there, regardless of the other one," the Irish actor said.
Director Baz Luhrmann ("Moulin Rouge") has long labored to get "Alexander the Great" off the ground with DiCaprio in the conqueror's saddle, while Stone ("JFK") is working on a similar project called simply "Alexander" (see "Leo DiCaprio, Colin Farrell - Same Role, Different Movies"). Both are scheduled to begin production later this year. Luhrmann's story reportedly focuses more on the bisexual Macedonian warrior's personal life, while Stone's will deal with a conspiracy theory surrounding his death, among other things.
"There seems to be this race going on," acknowledged Farrell, who recently topped the box office with "The Recruit" (see "Colin Farrell Recruits Enough Moviegoers To Top Box Office") and co-stars in this week's "Daredevil." "But that's all for the other heads and the people that are involved in it on a different creative level and the business people to sort out."
Currently busy shooting "S.W.A.T." alongside Samuel L. Jackson, Farrell said he has yet to officially join the "Alexander" cast but has screen-tested for Stone. "I would love to do it, man. I'm not up on my business affairs. I am just kind of focusing on what I am doing at the moment. But I'd love to work with Stone. I'd love to do that 'Alexander' piece that he wrote, [it's] just a beautiful f---ing script." [...]

[18.01.2003] CS! meldet...
Variety says that after landing Warner Bros. as domestic partner on Alexander, Intermedia has set a late June start for Colin Farrell and Oliver Stone.
"Barring accidents and natural disasters, this is a definite 'go' movie for us," Intermedia chairman Moritz Borman told the trade. "Colin's deal has been made, he's juggled his dates and made time for training. We've not decided 100% where we are going to start, haven't made up our minds whether we'll sell territories ourselves, or to a studio like we did on 'Terminator 3.' The June date changes only in that Oliver might begin second unit shooting earlier."
Borman wouldn't disclose locations, but if his timetable is accurate, the pressure's on the rival film from Baz Luhrmann and Dino De Laurentiis, who have backing from Universal and DreamWorks and Leonardo DiCaprio.

[02.01.2003] The Sydney Morning Herald meldet, dass Nicole Kidman tatsächlich mitspielen wird...
Kidman, 35, has agreed to co-star in Luhrmann's film, titled Alexander The Great, and based on the Italian historian Valerio Manfredi's trilogy of novels about the all-conquering hero, Kidman's Australian publicist Wendy Day said.
"She's confirmed with me ... that she is doing a part in Baz Luhrmann's film, Alexander The Great," Day said.
Hollywood heartthrob Leonardo DiCaprio, 28, has been brought on board by Luhrmann to play the role of Alexander.
Kidman looks set to play the role of his mother, Olympia.
Luhrmann was to start shooting the $US150 million ($265 million) saga in Morocco in early spring, having persuaded King Mohammed VI to lend him 5000 soldiers and 1000 horses for his battle scenes, but filming has been put back to autumn.
Stone's project, which seemed to be dead in the water a month ago, is now showing signs of revival with a new big studio budget and Irish actor Colin Farrell replacing his original choice of Aussie Heath Ledger to play Alexander.
For decades, filmmakers have failed to fully portray the complex personality of the most feared and revered leader in history.
But it appears the time has come for the first bisexual action hero, with Alexander hopping from the bed of his boyhood friend and lover Hephaestion, to that of the Queen of the Amazons and others in Luhrmann's film script by Ted Tally.

[15.12.2002] Zap2it meldet, dass Nicole Kidman Interesse daran hat, Alexanders Mutter Olympia zu verkörpern...

[14.12.2002] CS! meldet...
Variety says that 20th Century Fox, which was planning to co-finance Baz Luhrmann's epic Alexander the Great with Universal Pictures, has withdrawn from the project.
DreamWorks has rushed in to take over, replacing Fox as Universal's partner and shouldering an equal share of the budget in return for international distribution rights to the massive production. Universal will distribute the film domestically.
Dino De Laurentiis is producing and Leonardo DiCaprio will topline the feature, a panoramic biopic of the Macedonian conqueror, adapted by Red Dragon screenwriter Ted Talley from a trilogy of novels by Valerio Manfredi.
The studios said the production, which was originally scheduled to begin next month, will still have a 2003 start date. But cameras aren't likely to roll until late 2003 at the earliest.

[03.11.2002] Quint sprach für AICN mit Baz Luhrmann...
BAZ LUHRMANN: These are the realities: I'm committing to it as the first of the epic film I'm going to do. I'm working with Dino (De Laurentiis), we've got the studio being built in Morocco while I'm finishing up on LA BOHEME. In terms of casting, the rumors about Leonardo (DiCaprio) have validity. I can't go into that because we're doing our own construct at the moment, but I'm already clearly working on the story. We will invent a cinematic style and language that is specific to that job at hand. By the very nature of it it's not going to be the same language as we've invented for the musical works.
BAZ LUHRMANN: You know, I have many epic works that I really want to explore, but I've been fascinated by his character. The thing about Alexander is is that we, you and I, would not be sitting here but for him because essentially you got someone who was trained by the greatest military mind of his time, his father... By the sort of Obi-Wan Kenobi of the Ancient World, which is Aristotle. It's a freak situation. His parents are arguing over him, so he's looking for the approval of his father, but his father dies before he can get that love.
It's really just a domestic situation and if they lived in a suburban house it would really be no big deal, but they happened to possess the world. So, in pursuit of that approval of his father, his terrible internal complex becomes an external complex where he just goes beyond the boundaries of the world. He invaded more of the lands better than any general before or after. More extraordinarily, you have to remember that before Alexander the Great... In the same way that perhaps Western Culture is American dominated to a certain degree, and that's no judgment... It was Persian dominated (back then). That's Iraq. The Battle of Gaugamela is exactly in the middle of the No Fly Zone in Iraq.
So, interestingly, the moment at which this thing called "western thought" actually started having an influence on the globe was through Alexander the Great. He had this idea... What if all cultures could live under the one banner? What if East and West could live together? For all those reasons it has great potency.

[09.10.2002] CS! meldet...
Leave it to columnists Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith to break the news that Leonardo DiCaprio will not suit up in January to play Alexander the Great in the $150 million epic to be directed by Baz Luhrmann.
The actor won't be taking on that film before he takes on the role of the fabled Howard Hughes in The Aviator for Martin Scorsese, which is now expected to roll early next year.
DiCaprio's Alexander the Great and Howard Hughes features are each among several in the works about the two historical figures, and the way it looks now, it'll be a neck-and-neck race to theaters for DiCaprio's The Aviator and the Jim Carrey Howard Hughes starrer slated to start before next spring.

[05.10.2002] sprach kürzlich mit Drehbuchautor Ted Tally...
On Alexander the Great, how closely does Baz Luhrmann work with you? We haven't really worked together yet. We've met and talked on the phone, but it's been so far more general. We haven't gotten down to nuts and bolts of the revisions yet.
What has he asked for told you? I think he's going to want more scenes of Alexander's childhood, but we haven't really gotten down to the details yet. He's agreed to do the movie and the studio greenlit it, but there's still script work to be done. [...] Could you have done Alexander if there weren't books, and you just had to use history? Yes, I could have although it would have taken a year or two of research. I did the research anyway, but I had the template of this trilogy of novels to work from. Alexander is a story where there's enough there that I probably could have done that as an original. In a way, doing a historical subject is an adaptation. You've got the plot and the characters.

[21.09.2002] TV Guide sprach mit Drehbuchautor Ted Tally...
[...] "[Alexander]'ll be bisexual," the Oscar-winning Silence of the Lambs scribe tells TV Guide Online of the Macedonian emperor, who ruled from 336 B.C. to his death at age 32 in 323 B.C. "He seems to have been kind of omnisexual as a person.
"There's a story about him that I love," Tally recounts, "where he was campaigning in Asia, and a royal courtier from Macedonia reached him and said, 'Your sister is having an affair.' And he said, 'I don't see why she shouldn't have a little fun just because she's the princess.' The biographer says, 'Coming from a man who had three wives, at least four known mistresses, a lifelong male lover, and also is believed to have slept with a eunuch and an Amazon, this is open-mindedness at its best.'" [...]

[19.09.2002] JAM! Movies meldet...
The line "I'm king of the world!" will have a whole new meaning soon for Leonardo DiCaprio. As in Alexander The Great, the world conqueror whose exploits and sexploits the Titanic heartthrob will play next year in a $100-million-plus epic to be filmed in Morocco with, literally, a cast of thousands.
Producer Dino De Laurentiis confirmed on the weekend in New York that Leo has been nailed down for the lead in the film, which will be directed by Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge), co-produced by Martin Scorsese and written by Ted Tally (Silence Of The Lambs).
The movie will reunite DiCaprio with both Luhrmann (his director in Romeo + Juliet) and Scorsese (the upcoming Gangs Of New York).
"We have the full support of the King of Morocco," the 83-year-old larger-than-life De Laurentiis said in a session promoting the newest Hannibal Lecter/Anthony Hopkins movie Red Dragon. "They give us 5,000 soldiers and 1,000 horses. It will be a very long movie to film ... you get together 5,000 extras, you need six months training just for them." [...]

[15.08.2002] CS! meldet...
Director Baz Luhrmann is drafting his Romeo & Juliet star Leonardo DiCaprio to topline his Alexander the Great epic, which Dino De Laurentiis is producing and Universal and Fox are co-financing, says Variety. De Laurentiis confirmed to the trade that negotiations are under way with DiCaprio, a development that has ramifications for several projects competing to be first to the starting line.
Intermedia executives claim they are moving forward with Oliver Stone as director of a film that has Colin Farrell ready and able to portray the charismatic conqueror in a movie they say will also go into production early next year. Variety says that because each of the films could cost $140 million, it's likely that the film that begins shooting first will be the only one that gets made. [...]

[03.05.2002] Coming Soon! meldet...
Columnists Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith reports that Colin Farrell ("Hart's War," "Tigerland," "Daredevil") may be the one who'll be suiting up to play Alexander the Great. They say that the 26-year-old actor has been tagged by Oliver Stone to play the acedonian conqueror in a film that was to have had Heath Ledger as star.
Larry Cohen, who wrote Joel Schumacher's upcoming "Phone Booth," in which Farrell stars, tells the columnists that Stone got an advance peek at the thriller and was so blown away by the young actor's work in it, he signed him to be the Great Alexander. [...]

[22.02.2002] Die NZ titelt "Alexander der Große reizt drei Regisseure"...

[09.01.2002] "Dark Horizons" berichtet...
Zap2It got chatting with Ridley Scott during the press rounds for "Black Hawk Down" where he was asked about his rumoured attachments to both a "Gladiator" prequel and one of three "Alexander the Great" projects currently circling, the later he confirmed. Most assuredly a "Gladiator" prequel or sequel seems extremely unlikely and "Scott finds the idea a bit ridiculous and says that it's not in the works as far as he knows". He didn't comment on the low budget 'Alexander' project from "Like Water or Chocolate" Director Alfonso Arau, but in regards to the DiCaprio/Scorsese one he says "I don't think they even have a script. I've got a script coming in. Ted Tally's writing it". Tally ("The Silence of the Lambs") is basing his script on a 1998 trilogy of novels by Italian author Valerio Manfredi and uber producer Dino De Laurentiis is also expected to be a part. This however may not be done for a while yet as Scott is considering other film projects as well right now: "There's like four or five subjects spinning, which means they're being written. Whichever one comes up better, tighter, complete, I'll tend to go with that. But these are four or five projects which are all important to me, so sooner or later at some point they'll get made".

[08.01.2002] "Coming Soon!" berichtet...
HBO is off to conquer "Alexander the Great," greenlighting a 10-part miniseries about the historic figure that will be executive produced by Mel Gibson and Bruce Davey for Icon Prods. and Tony To for Ensemble Prods.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the project will be based on Mary Renault's historic novels "Fire From Heaven" and "The Persian Boy."
The miniseries will start filming in England by mid-2002 for a 2004 air date.

[23.10.2001] "AICN" berichtet...
[...] And how's the script? Well it was originally written on spec by Peter Buchman, then Christopher McQuarrie picked it up years ago. It became his dream project, a crusade to get it made. He and Buchman hammered away at the script making it everything they could. I read one of the drafts, which was simply fantastic...

[23.10.2001] "E! Online" berichtet...
[...] The film is being produced by Initial Entertainment Group, which snapped up the script by Oscar-winning scribe Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects) and Peter Buchman (Jurassic Park III) for "a mid-seven-figure sum," according to Daily Variety.
"We have paid a significant figure for this excellent script as we believe this is a perfect vehicle for Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese to join forces again following their successful collaboration on Gangs of New York," IEG CEO Graham King tells the Hollywood Reporter. [...]

[15.12.2000] Bei "IGN FilmForce" gibt es eine Drehbuch-Kritik...
[...] I really don't have anything negative to say about Peter Buchman's script for Alexander. Is it an incredibly long tale? Yes, but you really do feel like you've spent eight years on the warpath with these men and have seen them grow and change (often for the worst). Alexander is an extraordinary basis for McQuarrie's ambitious dream project; I sincerely hope he can pull it off. It's been almost 45 years since Richard Burton starred in Alexander the Great and I think it's high time for Hollywood to revisit this legend. [...]

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