James Cameron May Direct Angelina Jolie As Cleopatra
Back in July, Angelina Jolie's name was being thrown around for a biopic about Elizabeth Taylor, who famously played Cleopatra in the 1963 film about the Egyptian queen. While we haven't heard anything about the project since, it now appears that Jolie is skipping the Taylor approach and may do so with James Cameron behind the lens.
Deadline reports that James Cameron and Sony are currently discussing the possibility of making a new film about Cleopatra, based on the book by Stacy Schiff. Jolie is already attached to the project while Brian Helgeland, who won the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for L.A. Confidential, is writing the script. The article does put in the caveat that while they're seriously considering having Cameron come on, there's no "certainty that it will happen."
If they truly have to make another Cleopatra movie (news flash: they don't), I'm not sure they could do much better than Angelina Jolie and James Cameron. The former certainly has the aesthetic qualities and acting skills to play the legendary beauty and Cameron can't make a movie that isn't epic in some fashion. With no offense intended towards Helgeland, if they can't get anything worked out with those two, they really just shouldn't bother.
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