Angelina Jolie's Cleopatra drama ignites fierce Hollywood feud: A tumultuous throwback

    Relive the explosive Sony hack saga that unveiled Angelina Jolie's intense Cleopatra aspirations and the consequent Hollywood uproar.

    Shiloh Jolie-Pitt and Angelina Jolie (Source: Page Six)

    Shiloh Jolie-Pitt and Angelina Jolie (Source: Page Six)

    In a dramatic flashback to one of Hollywood's most sensational stories, we revisit the 2014 Sony Pictures hack, which unveiled a web of controversies, ego clashes, and high-stakes negotiations involving some of the industry's biggest names. Central to this drama was Angelina Jolie and her ambitions to star in a Cleopatra biopic, a revelation that sparked fierce debates and strained partnerships.

    Angelina Jolie and Zahara Jolie (Source: W Magazine)

    "You've behaved abominably and it will be a very, very long time before I forget what you did to this movie and what you've put all of us through," exclaimed producer Scott Rudin in an angry email to Sony Pictures co-chairman Amy Pascal. This heated exchange was just the tip of the iceberg in the Sony hack saga. As reported by The Guardian, the hack exposed the inner workings of Hollywood's elite, revealing not just business dealings but personal grievances and unchecked egos.

    Angelina Jolie (Source: International Business Times)

    The conflict began when Angelina Jolie expressed her desire to have David Fincher direct her in the Cleopatra film, leading Rudin to fiercely oppose the move, fearing it would jeopardize the Steve Jobs biopic. "There is no movie of Cleopatra to be made... given the insanity and rampaging ego of this woman," Rudin remarked about Jolie, exposing the high tensions and stark opinions held by Hollywood's power players.

    Despite the potential for Cleopatra to be a big commercial hit, it was Jolie's influence and star power that seemed to dominate the conversation, with Rudin going so far as to label her a "minimally talented spoiled brat." These revelations not only shocked the public but also peeled back the curtain on the often tumultuous nature of film production.

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    As the fallout from the Sony hack reverberated, other major industry players were caught in the crossfire. Discussions around casting for the Jobs film, including names like Michael Fassbender, Tom Cruise, and Leonardo DiCaprio, added layers to an already complex narrative. The leaks even touched on potential Marvel collaborations, hinting at a Spider-Man feature in the Captain America sequel – plans that, like many others revealed in the hack, would eventually unravel.

    Looking back, the Sony Pictures hack stands not just as a significant security breach but as a pivotal moment in Hollywood history. It exposed the fragility of relationships in Tinseltown and the high stakes involved in movie-making. Angelina Jolie's role in this saga, whether as a catalyst or a participant in the drama, underscores the influence and complexity of major Hollywood figures.

    In retrospect, these events remind us that behind every film lies a story of ambition, conflict, and negotiation, often far more intricate than the narratives they seek to portray on the big screen.

    (Several parts of the text in this article, including the title, were generated with the help of an AI tool.)