Director Ridley Scott has envisioned for quite some time doing a biopic on famed French emperpr Napoleon Bonaparte starring Joaquin Phoenix, who last collaborated with Scott in the 2000 classic Gladiator. Such an historical epic though is not often the popular choice for studios. So, following in the shoes of fellow director Martin Scorsese, Scott has officially pitched the project to Apple Studios who have agreed to finance and produce the film.
Titled Kitbag, the story will zoom in on Napoleon's life as he became one of the most powerful (and ruthless) military leaders in history along with his marriage to his wife, Josephine. The script is being written by David Scarpa who last worked with Scott on his 2017 film All the Money in the World (Where he famously reshot all of Kevin Spacey's scenes with Christopher Plummer after Spacey was accused of sexual assault). Scott will co-produce the film through his own studio, Scott Free, alongside Kevin Walsh.
The film is expected to begin filming in early 2022 in the UK as, currently, he is already set to begin filming his other biographical story Gucci in March of this year. His next film to hit theaters is The Last Duel which has already finished shooting. Stay tuned!