Rupert Sanders to Direct New Take on ‘Napoleon’

By November 13, 2013


Honest question – do you have any interest in seeing a film that takes a “Scarface-like look” at Napoleon Bonaparte? What? I can’t tell what your answer is, you’re laughing too hard. Come on now, Scarface, Napoleon, you in?

THR reports that such a big screen spin on the French military leader is indeed in the works at Warner Bros., with Snow White and The Huntsman director Rupert Sanders on board to direct the feature. The film, now simply titled Napoleon, has been penned by Jeremy Doner (The Killing) and the outlet indeed reports that it will take “a Scarface-like look at its subject, Napoleon Bonaparte. Bonaparte is one of history’s most outsized personalities, a genius who believed in himself almost too much, as he could inspire hundreds of thousands to do his military and political bidding.”

Okay? We can sort of see it? But also – pardon?


With that sort of language backing it up, it’s not entirely surprising that the feature will be produced by Gianni Nunnari, who has previously brought 300 and Frank Miller’s comic book movies to the big screen, which explains his particular outlook and taste in films. When it comes to this Napoleon, we are at least looking forward to the possible costumes.

It’s not known when the film will get moving, especially because Sanders has signed on for plenty of films since the success of his Snow White. Among his other upcoming projects are 90 Church and The Kill List, so it could be a while before we see this one.

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