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Scorsese, DiCaprio Make Great Team for 'Alexander'

23 Oct, 2001 By: Staff Reporter

After first teaming on the upcoming Gangs of New York, Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio and Initial Entertainment Group are ready to give it another go, this time on the epic project Alexander.

U.S. sales and production company IEG has snapped up the spec from writers Peter Buchman (Jurassic Park III) and Oscar winner Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects) for a mid-seven-figure sum, billing it as a "multimillion-dollar epic" for Scorsese to direct and DiCaprio to topline, the company said Monday.

The script details the story of Alexander the Great, crowned King of Macedonia after the murder of his father, Philip. The story centers on Alexander's ambition to conquer the world, which ultimately leads to his downfall.

Alexander will be produced by IEG c.e.o. Graham King in association with Buchman, McQuarrie and Kenneth Kokin, as well as DiCaprio's production company, Appian Way. Scorsese's production company, Cappa Prods., also will produce, with IEG fully financing and handling worldwide sales for the project. There is no start date set.

The deal, announced during the London Screenings informal film market, stems from IEG's three-year production agreement with Appian Way.

"We have paid a significant figure for this excellent script as we believe this is a perfect vehicle for Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese to join forces again following their successful collaboration on Gangs of New York," IEG's King said.

--Stuart Kemp reported from London and Chris Gardner from Los Angeles for The Hollywood Reporter

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