According to Deadline James Cameron may annoy Avatards by directing Angelina Jolie in Cleopatra, an adaptation of the Stacy Schiff book Cleopatra: A Life, before getting busy with Avatar 2. The site says that Cameron and Sony “are exploring this seriously, but it is not a certainty that it will happen.”
Oscar winning producer Scott Rudin optioned the book rights and mentioned earlier this year that he had Angelina Jolie in mind. Even though there are many other actresses who ‘look the part’ Jolie is the only actress at the moment who could get an historical epic off the ground. Plus, box office draw and good looks will always trump historical accuracy when it comes to movies.
James Cameron has only directed two movies in the past 13 years and he wrote and directed both. Oscar winning writer Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential, Green Zone) is currently working on the Cleopatra script, so if Cameron does end up directing it may mean he will be directing another writers script for the first time since True Lies in 1994. Although I supose he could come in and re-write the script to his liking.
Here’s the synopsis of the book:
Though her life spanned fewer than forty years, it reshaped the contours of the ancient world. She was married twice, each time to a brother. She waged a brutal civil war against the first when both were teenagers. She poisoned the second. Ultimately she dispensed with an ambitious sister as well; incest and assassination were family specialties. Cleopatra appears to have had sex with only two men. They happen, however, to have been Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, among the most prominent Romans of the day. Both were married to other women. Cleopatra had a child with Caesar and–after his murder–three more with his protégé. Already she was the wealthiest ruler in the Mediterranean; the relationship with Antony confirmed her status as the most influential woman of the age. The two would together attempt to forge a new empire, in an alliance that spelled their ends. Cleopatra has lodged herself in our imaginations ever since.
Do you want Cameron to direct Angelina Jolie in Cleopatra, or should he just get started on Avatar 2?