Untitled Alexander The Great Project: The Untitled Alexander the Great Project, Oliver Stone's sweeping historical saga that charts the life and legend of one of the greatest figures of world history, began principal photography today on location in Marrakesh, Morocco.
Written and directed by 3-time Academy Award winner Oliver Stone, The Untitled Alexander the Great Project stars Colin Farrell in the title role, leading an extraordinary international cast including Academy Award winning actress Angelina Jolie, Academy Award winning actor Anthony Hopkins, Val Kilmer, Jared Leto, Rosario Dawson and Jonathan Rhys-Meyers.
The story is an epic that is as daring, bold and ambitious as its subject, a relentless conqueror who by the age of 32 had amassed the greatest empire the world had ever seen. Past and present collide to form the puzzle of the protagonist, a tapestry of triumphs and tragedies in which childhood memories and Alexander's rise to power unfold side by side with the latter day expansion of his empire, its gradual decline and ultimate downfall. From his youth, fueled by dreams of glory and adventure, to his lonely and mysterious death as a ruler of a vast state, from the tumultuous relationship with his parents -- a powerful king and a queen determined to put her child on the throne at any cost, including murder -- to the rousing "band of brothers" bond with his closest companions and vast army, as they fought from the sun-scorched battlefields of the Persian Empire across the snow-peaked mountains of India, the film chronicles Alexander's journey to become a living legend. For as Virgil wrote, "Fortune favors the bold." And no king or emperor, either before or after, ever achieved such fortune, or indeed was so bold, as Alexander the Great.
Stated Oliver Stone, "Actually starting production on this movie about Alexander the Great is the culmination of 13 years of hard work for me, although my fascination with him goes back even further than that. In the spirit of Alexander, Colin Farrell is a force of nature, a defiant, rebellious young man who happens to be a hell of a good actor. It's a great story and Colin is the right actor for the part. We're determined to bring the story to life and do justice to Alexander the Great."
"Over the past few years there's been so much talk throughout the industry of bringing Alexander the Great's story to the screen," said producer and Intermedia chairman Moritz Borman, "and here we are in Morocco with the cameras finally turning, and Oliver Stone -- with an incredible cast and crew -- behind them. Alexander's story is so ambitious and complex, and Oliver has written an extraordinary script which captures the man in all of his myriad facets. Oliver Stone's movie will combine great spectacle with riveting, intimate drama."
Following completion of the sequences filmed in Morocco, the film will shoot interiors in London, followed by more location shooting in Thailand. Scheduled for a November 2004 release, the film will be distributed domestically by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company and is being sold in international territories by I.S. Film Distribution, Intermedia's joint sales venture with Summit Entertainment.