Apple Original Films has announced that the epic historical drama ‘Napoleon,’ from director Ridley Scott, will be released exclusively in theaters around the world, in association with Sony Pictures Entertainment, on wednesday november 22, before being available on Apple TV+. Directed by Scott from a script by David Scarpa, the biopic stars joaquin phoenix as the French emperor and military leader.
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The new film is an original and close look at the origins of Napoleon and his rapid and ruthless rise to become emperor, seen through the prism of the addictive (and often explosive) relationship with his wife and his true love, Josephine, played by Vanessa Kirby. The movie will portray Napoleon’s famous battles, his relentless ambition and his amazing strategic mind as a military leader and war visionary.
A joint production of Apple Studios and Scott Free Productions, ‘Napoleon’ is produced by Scott, Kevin Walsh, Mark Huffam and Phoenix, with Michael Pruss and Aidan Elliott serving as executive producers. It is one of the most powerful bets of Apple Original Films, which continues to grow since the launch of Apple TV + a little over three years ago. “Napoleon” joins the list of upcoming Apple Original Movie releases, which includes “Killers of the Flower Moon,” directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro.
The new ‘Napoleon’ film appears while Spielberg prepare your series about the character based on the script by Stanley Kubrick, who wanted to make a full-scale biopic of Napoleon Bonaparte, and now it will become a miniseries of seven chapters for the HBO premium cable network. Kubrick had planned to make the film after the success of ‘2001’ and did extensive research on the French revolutionary leader. He had planned to shoot the movie across Europe, in France, the UK and Romania with around 40,000 soldiers.
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