According to Variety Eric Roth, writer of Ali, Munich and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, is in talks to write the script for Sony’s Cleopatra.
Angelina Jolie is still attached to play the last pharaoh of Ancient Egypt, and The Social Network‘s David Fincher is still in the frame to direct.
Producer Scott Rudin said this new take, an adaptation of the Stacy Schiff book Cleopatra: A Life, will be “a much more grown-up sophisticated version” than previous Hollywood efforts:
“She’s not a sex kitten, she’s a politician, strategist, warrior. In the Joseph Mankiewicz movie, Elizabeth Taylor is a seductress, but the histories of Cleopatra have been written by men. This is the first to be written by a woman. It felt like such a blow-the-doors-off-the-hinges idea of how to tell it, impossible to resist.
Like most historical epics, the movie won’t be cheap, but Jolie has proven time and time again that she is a box office draw with The Tourist and Salt making $278 and $293 million worldwide last year. Add an Oscar winning screenwriter and frequent nominee David Fincher into the mix and Sony should have a success project on their hands.
No news on when filming will begin, but Roth will apparently begin writing within the next several weeks so there could be movement sometime next year.