Angelina Jolie, filmmaker James Cameron and Sony Pictures are considering teaming for a PG-13 3D feature based on the life of ancient Egyptian ruler Cleopatra.
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 and Jolie became attached to star back in June.
Now, Deadline reports that scribe Brian Helgeland has turned in a draft the studio is very keen on and hopes to get into production next year. The film is being described as an epic on the scale of “Gone with the Wind” and deals with “what the Romans took from Egypt”.
It will also be far less romanticised than previous onscreen portrayals of the historical figure, portraying a more realistic Queen of the Nile using information recently uncovered which paints her as a more formidable and savvier leader than many think.
Cameron’s involvement is less secure – while they have seriously considered having him onboard, there’s no certainty it’ll happen.