Eric Roth (Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close) is in talks to write the script for Cleopatra for Sony and producer Scott Rudin. David Fincher is also circling the film, according to Variety. Brian Helgeland did an intial draft of the adaptation of Stacy Schiff's bestselling book "Cleopatra: A Life." Angelina Jolie is attached to star as the Egyptian queen.
At this time there are no deal in place yet for Roth, but sources close to the project say he will likely start writing within the next several weeks. The story will tell "Cleopatra's story from a woman's perspective, depicting her as a master strategist when it comes to both politics and war."
As you can expect this project will be epic in scope and cost, but Jolie and Fincher have strong track records of box office success. Jolie's The Tourist and Salt, respectively grossed $278 and $293 million worldwide for Sony. Roth wrote (Ali and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button). It is not known if Cleopatra will be filmed in 3D. When James Cameron was attached, that was the plan.
I would actually like this to not be in 3D and hope fincher does not go that route if he comes aboard. Roth will be a solid scribe for the film and I can envision Jolie in the titular role. What are your thoughts on this news?