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This week, Ridley Scott tackles the life of Napoleon Bonaparte.
It’s hard to say how Napoleon will do. Scott’s post-The Martian/Alien franchise track record with dramas based on real life haven’t been the best. House of Gucci did fine. However, The Last Duel and All the Money In the World underperformed.
That said, biopics have been doing well lately. Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer is one of the biggest box office performers of the year. The year prior, Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis did fairly well (though nowhere near as big as Bohemian Rhapsody did pre-pandemic). It seem that biopics can be successful if the director has a unique vision and unconventional style with which to tell the story.
Bonus prompt: what historical figure do you want to see a biopic made of, and who would be the ideal director?