Luhrmann delays his Alexander the Great, won't compete with Stone's

By Advocate.com Editors

Originally published on Advocate.com May 07 2003 11:00 PM ET

The Los Angeles Times reports that director Baz Luhrmann is delaying his big-screen treatment of the life of bisexual conqueror Alexander the Great for two years so as not to have to compete with a separate version from director Oliver Stone. "I am not going to be drawn into a race," said Luhrmann, whose version was to star Leonardo DiCaprio and Nicole Kidman. The delays involved in the making of Luhrmann's film include DiCaprio's and Kidman's commitments to make the Howard Hughes biopic The Aviator for Martin Scorsese, rewrites by Alexander screenwriter Ted Tally, and Luhrmann's plans to have a baby with his wife, production designer Catherine Martin.

Production on Stone's Alexander, which will star Colin Farrell, is set to begin in July.