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Paul Greengrass to direct Angelina Jolie as Cleopatra?

01.04.2011

We almost got a 3D epic CLEOPATRA movie from James Cameron, but he's going to be tied up in another galaxy for a while with two AVATAR sequels. So who will deliver the famous Egyptian pharaoh to the screen?

Deadline believes that producer Scott Rudin wants Paul Greengrass (THE BOURNE SUPREMACY and ULTIMATUM) to direct the mega-budget Sony project, which will feature Angelina Jolie as the legendary Queen of the Nile.

The story is adapted from Pulitzer-winning author Stacy Schiff's recent biography "Cleopatra: A Life", and will obviously focus on the iconic historical figure, her relationships with Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, and her leadership and resistance to Roman imperialism.

Rudin describes his intentions and how they differ from the previous, notoriously expensive 1963 movie: "It is a completely revisionist Cleopatra, a much more grown-up sophisticated version. 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."

Extra Tidbit: And on the opposite end of the historically accurate spectrum... anyone else watch "Cleopatra 2525" back when it was paired with Bruce Campbell's "Jack of All Trades"? Now that was some great bad TV...
Source: Deadline

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