David Fincher is apparently having conversations about coming onboard the Sony Pictures PG-13 3D feature based on the life of ancient Egyptian ruler Cleopatra says Deadline.
The project has been in development since 2006 and will be based on Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Stacy Schiff’s new book, “Cleopatra: A Life”. Scott Rudin is producing, Brian Helgeland adapted the script, and Angelina Jolie became attached to star back in June last year.
Shortly after that both James Cameron and Paul Greengrass were seriously looking into the project until commitments to “Avatar 2” and “Memphis” respectively lead to them dropping out.
If Fincher accepts it would be his third film in a row with Rudin after “The Social Network” and the upcoming Stieg Larsson novel adaptation “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”. However the issue is timing as Fincher is expected to return to the ‘Girl’ franchise for the second book adaptation “The Girl Who Played With Fire”, while he’s also still attached to Disney’s “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Captain Nemo”.