David Fincher Circling 'Cleopatra' Again Along with Writer Eric Roth

November 15, 2011
Source: Variety

David Fincher / Cleopatra

Earlier this year, there was word that The Social Network director David Fincher was looking to take on the Cleopatra biopic starring Angelina Jolie that has been gestating for a little while now. However, Fincher got busy with his new adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and the project laid dormant. However, with post-production on the December release coming to a close, Fincher is again circling the project with Jolie still attached, but now Forrest Gump, and Fincher's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button writer Eric Roth is in early talks to script the film based on Stacy Schiff's biography Cleopatra: A Life.

Variety reports Roth will rewrite the script initially penned by Brian Helgeland, but it's not clear if this is a page-one rewrite or if Roth will merely make some changes to the script. Remember this is the first time Cleopatra's story will be told from her own perspective with her being presented as a master strategist in politics and war. The question is whether or not a film that will likely have stunning Egyptian visuals and stellar production design will bring Fincher into the 3D side of cinema for the first time. When James Cameron was attached, he fully intended to shoot in 3D, but that might not be Fincher's choice. We'll have to wait and see if Fincher sticks with the project this time or if something else ends up catching his eye.

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