Initially slated to start shooting in March in Morocco with Naomi Watts, Robert Pattinson and Jude Law, Herzog's biopic of Gertrude Bell – traveler, writer, archaeologist, explorer, cartographer, and political attaché for the British Empire at the dawn of the twentieth century – in "Queen Of The Desert," seems to be on hold.
At the Sundance Film Festival... Naomi Watts ... revealed her collaboration with Herzog wasn't going to happen just yet. "It's still a way's off," she said. "I don't know yet. Hopefully, it will happen. I just can't travel again right now because I did a lot of traveling last year. It's been a big year and it's time for me to be home with the kids."
Also chatting up MTV (see video here: http://www.mtv.com/videos/movies/873437/naomi-watts-speaks-on-queen-of-the-desert-progress.jhtml), Watts seemed a bit more optimistic, saying it could happen later this year or next, but also seemed uncertain if Pattinson was locked for the film. Either way, it seems like a few more things need to be solidified and schedules arranged before this can shoot, which is a bit of a bummer. But as always, Herzog has a few dozen projects on the go.
Jude Law also confirmed Naomi Watts' statement that Werner Herzog's Gertrude Bell biopic "Queen of the Desert" is now on hold and he will likely be no longer be available for it when it returns. "I don’t think that’s happening. I don’t think I can do that anymore," he admitted. (Source: http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/jude-law-says-new-wes-anderson-film-takes-place-in-two-eras-updates-on-sherlock-3-herzogs-queen-of-the-desert-20130128)