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Denis Villeneuve in talks to direct Cleopatra movie

Friday, September 29, 2017

Director Denis Villeneuve is in negotiations to helm a film based on the life of Egyptian queen, Cleopatra. The filmmaker has been approached by Scott Rudin Productions and Pascal Pictures, according to reports.

The movie will be based on Stacy Schiff's best-selling book, 'Cleopatra: A Life', which paints the Egyptian ruler as a shrewd negotiator and powerful female figure that shaped human history in her short life. Scribe David Scarpa has penned the screenplay.

Sony Pictures has long battling to get the Cleopatra film out and with Villeneuve almost onboard the studios' pet project seems one step closer to production.

Sony's Cleopatra was one of the projects that was maligned by hacking back in 2014, where in a leaked email Rudin called then-rumoured star Angelina Jolie "out of her mind" about the movie.

Directors including Ang Lee, David Fincher and James Cameron have been considered to helm the period epic.

In 1963, legendary actor Elizabeth Taylor had essayed the titular role in 'Cleopatra'.

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