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The 1963 Taylor vehicle had a budget of million when filming began on Sept. Two years later, the film was not yet finished and Fox executive Darryl F.
Zanuck said the cost was million, though “Cleopatra’s” numbers double that, with a cost that translates to 0 million in 2017, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
June 12 marks the anniversary of the 1963 world premiere of “Cleopatra.” It raises the question: Who starred in the most expensive Hollywood movie ever — Johnny Depp or Elizabeth Taylor?
The plot is based on Thomas North's translation of Plutarch's Lives and follows the relationship between Cleopatra and Mark Antony from the time of the Sicilian revolt to Cleopatra's suicide during the Final War of the Roman Republic.Cleo and Julius In the middle of the civil war that would bring him to power, Julius Caesar spent the winter of 48 BC in Egypt.There he met Cleopatra, the woman who would set Roman nerves on edge for most of the next 20 years.In the 21st century, a mega-budget film isn’t so startling.But back in 1963, the “Cleopatra” budget was shocking and the public was fascinated, mostly because of the Taylor-Richard Burton romance.