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Ridley Scott Takes A Page From Werner Herzog, Now Chasing Gertrude Bell Biopic

by Kevin Jagernauth
March 30, 2011 5:28 AM
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This might put a damper on Werner Herzog's day. While the eccentric helmer has been trying to get his own tale of Gertrude Bell off the ground -- last month he was said to be in serious talks with Naomi Watts for the part -- another director, with a bigger marquee cachet and easier access to financing is mounting his own picture on the same subject.

Deadline reports that Ridley Scott now has a film of his own in development on Gertrude Bell. The film will be written by Jeffrey Caine ("The Constant Gardner," "Goldeneye") and, not surprisingly, is set up under the Scott Free banner over at Fox. The film would tell the story of Gertrude Bell, a real-life British woman who was a traveler, writer, archaeologist, explorer, cartographer, and political attaché for the British Empire at the dawn of the 20th century. While only a commoner, Bell's efforts were key in helping found the modern states of Iraq and Jordan and installing their first rulers, King Abdullah and King Faisal.

Now, what this means for Herzog's project remains to be seen. Honestly, probably not much. Scott attaches himself to a new project seemingly every month or so -- "The Color of Lightning" and "The Wolf Of Wall Street" being some of the most recent mentioned, but there are scores of others -- so there is no guarantee that this will be his next film. Scott likes to have as many irons in the fire as possible and right now, he's right in the midst of filming "Prometheus," and he'll likely wait to see a script before making any kind of decisions.

So if Herzog can secure an actress like Watts which will help the financing get in place, we could see his film still happening, though word has been quiet around the project lately. So, just slot it as yet another potential project for Scott and don't be surprised if he continues to add more options in the months ahead for what he'll do after he's finished his "Alien" spinoff/prequel thing.

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5 Comments

  • Luke | April 7, 2011 3:47 AMReply

    A Hollywood version, with Ridley Scott or not, won't stop Herzog. It may stop a certain kind of financing, but he's made great stuff with little-to-no money before.

  • steandric | April 1, 2011 11:02 AMReply

    With Werner Herzog and the talented Naomi Watts, it will be an Epic.

    With Scott, and whoever it'll be as Bell, it can only be a good entertaining film at best.

    Period.

  • rocco | March 30, 2011 9:08 AMReply

    Finally ThePlaylist use a different photo of Ridders! I was starting to think that the pic of him in the white shirt was the only one in ThePlaylist archive!

  • Brian | March 30, 2011 6:50 AMReply

    Does this guy realize he is not immortal?

  • Andrew Jackson | March 30, 2011 6:06 AMReply

    Fuck you Ridley Scott.

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