Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio have decided to reteam with their “Gangs of New York” backer Initial Entertainment Group on their next film, but haven’t decided which one it will be.
The projects are “Alexander,” the story of Alexander the Great, and “The Aviator,” which focuses on millionaire eccentric Howard Hughes’ love of flying. The director and actor will confer with IEG principal Graham King this weekend in Cannes to nail down which epic biopic they will tackle.
Written by Peter Buchman and Christopher McQuarrie, “Alexander” is the based on the story of the Macedonian conqueror. King, Buchman, McQuarrie & Kenneth Kokin, DiCaprio’s IEG-based Appian Way and Scorsese’s Cappa Prods will produce.
“The Aviator” was written by John Logan (“Gladiator”). It would reteam King with “Ali” director Michael Mann, who produces through his Forward Pass shingle with Appian Way.
Scorsese and DiCaprio’s decision could have a ripple effect on competing projects. Jim Carrey is attached to a Hughes biopic at Castle Rock with Christopher Nolan (“Memento”) writing and directing.
The rival “Alexander” projects require a scorecard to track. Among those eager to make their mark on the legend of the ancient king are Dino De Laurentiis at Universal, Oliver Stone at IEG parent Intermedia and HBO, which has plans for an “Alexander” miniseries.