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While David Fincher was never officially attached to direct the upcoming remake of Cleopatra, it now looks as though it definitely won't happen. While the filmmaker has been circling the project for months now, it's being reported that talks between Fincher and Sony have broken off. The project has Angelina Jolie attached to play the Egyptian queen.
So who will take Fincher's place? According to Vulture, the number one candidate is Ang Lee. The Taiwanese director, who has his latest film, Life of Pi, set to come out in December, is now being considered for the position, though talks have not yet officially begun and there has not yet been an offer. Before Fincher was connected to the project it was rumored that the film would be made by Bourne Ultimatum filmmaker Paul Greengrass. He also ended up turning the position down, instead choosing to make the based-on-a-true-story drama Captain Phillips with Tom Hanks.
It was reported last November that the project was being written by Eric Roth. Jolie has said that her plan for the film is to downplay the historical figure's sex symbol legacy, and instead focus more on the stronger aspects of her personality.
At this time it's unknown why Fincher decided not to make the movie. The director worked with the studio on both of his last two films, The Social Network and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. It is still unknown if he will direct the upcoming Dragon Tattoo sequel, The Girl Who Played With Fire, and he is still attached to a new version of 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea.