It wasn’t too long ago that we reported Werner Herzog had written a biopic about Middle Eastern political figure Gertrude Bell. Now comes word that Ridley Scott wants to make a movie about her himself, and he’s recruited Jeffrey Caine, the screenwriter of The Constant Gardener to write the script.
While Bell is an interesting figure, who left a fancy lifestyle in Oxford to travel all around the Middle East and influence British international policy in the region, I’m not so sure that Hollywood is ready for multiple tellings of her story. I can see a Herzog version of this story flying in art theaters all over the world, but Scott tends to make higher budget, higher profile films. Would he be able to make a movie about a woman mapping the border of what would become modern day Iraq and keep it commercial?
Perhaps the project won’t end up coming to fruition. Scott is simultaneously developing another film titled Gucci, which will tell the story of the relationship between Maurizio Gucci and his ex-wife Patrizia Reggiani. There’s a lot of fashion and decadence and murder inherent in this story which sounds like a project that will be much easier to find funding for than a Gertrude Bell biopic. Plus, I mean, if Scott goes in this direction he doesn’t have to worry about enraging Werner Herzog. Time will tell. Scott still needs to get through his post-production and promotional work on the upcoming sci-fi epic Prometheus. Then his future should get a little clearer.
Source: Deadline Madain