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Rupert Sanders Leads The Charge And Will Direct 'Napoleon'

by Kevin Jagernauth
November 12, 2013 9:20 PM
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Ever since the mini-scandal broke about his fling with Kristen Stewart, director Rupert Sanders has been busy getting lost in his work. He's lined up all manner of projects over the past year or so, including  "Van Helsing," the Frederick Forsyth adaptation "The Kill List," the space-set "The Juliet," a project described as a "sci-fi 'Battle of Algiers'" and the crime drama "90 Church." And while none have started rolling, Sanders' name is back in the media as his ex-wife Liberty Ross has re-opened the events of last year, telling her side of the story to Vanity Fair. And as always, Sanders is plowing ahead with another gig.

Deadline reports that Sanders will get behind the camera for "Napoleon" for Warner Bros. Jeremy Doner ("Damages," "The Killing") has penned the script that is said to be "Scarface"-esque, which probably means super violent and edgy or whatever. But just like the rest of Sanders' projects, there's no word on when this will roll, but certainly, Hollywood has loved to tell the story of the French leader. From Abel Gance's 1927 silent classic through to contemporary spoofs and of course Stanley Kubrick's famous, unmade dream project (which is being developed for TV by Steven Spielberg), the life of the French military leader has been fascinating cinematic material.

So, slap it on the Sanders slate for now and we'll see where it winds up as his next movie, whatever it is, develops.

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  • Ray H | November 13, 2013 10:54 AMReply

    I'm relieved he's not directing the Kubrick/Spielberg series, but on the other hand, I'd rather that go forward than this.

  • Susie | November 13, 2013 6:13 AMReply

    The "scarface" aspect both interests me and alarms me. Yes, Napoleon certainly was guilty of hubris, but there was much more to him than that. I suspect that the extraordinary context in which he rose to power will also get short shrift.

  • PcChongor | November 13, 2013 3:51 AMReply

    At least last time Kubrick got hosed by a rival Napoleon flick, it was by Sergey Bondarchuk. Too bad you can't say the same thing about Rupert Sanders this time around...

  • Mike | November 13, 2013 2:49 AMReply

    And another sloppy razzie bait film in the works. Warner should have known what this idiot will come up with. Just look at that horrible Snow White whatever film Yeah it made some money but simply because ppl got curious because of the genre and Snow White is a loved character and it has nothing to do with that one faced no talent actress Stewart and this amateur good for nothing director. Then again, Stewart might get hired since you know sanders is at the helm.

  • david | November 13, 2013 12:52 AMReply

    Rupert is amateurish and has no credibility as a full feature director. I will not waste my time and money watching films directed by him. He should stick to commercials.

  • Dela | November 12, 2013 10:49 PMReply

    This guy sure has gotten rewarded for bad behavior hasn't he. The pervert had better be watched night and daynaroundban young female actors. This one film I really won't pay to see. Hope it flops. He is such a slime.

  • Bitcha | November 12, 2013 11:33 PM

    Seriously. Written by a KStew fangirl who doesn't realize she is complicit, what's more broke up a marriage. She has that blood on her hands forever. She is a c u next tuesday.

  • O'Neil | November 12, 2013 11:05 PM

    "Bad behavior," "pervert???" Like Stewart is a victim in all this. It takes two to tango. And it's not like she was underage or something. He did not abuse her. Maybe he shattered some teenage girls' twilight fantasies, but that's not a crime.

    What does his private life have to do with the films he makes anyway?

    Don't get me wrong. I don't want him to make a Napoleon film. But that's because I have a great interest in Napoleon and, in my opinion, Sanders is not a good enough director to handle such a complex and fascinating character.

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