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ERIC ROTH May Write CLEOPATRA

According to Variety, Eric Roth is in early discussions to reteam with producer Scott Rudin on Cleopatra for Sony Pictures.

Angelina Jolie is already attached to star and David Fincher may direct the film based on Stacy Schiff’s book Cleopatra: A Life which was originally adapted by Brian Helgeland (LA Confidential, Green Zone, Mystic River).

Currently, Sony has not made a deal with Roth and the studio did not confirm they were in talks with the writer, but sources close to the project confirm he’s been approached and will likely begin re-writing the script within the next few months.

The film would be a woman’s take on Cleopatra’s story, depicting her as a master strategist in politics and war.

This project has been around for awhile with both James Cameron (Avatar, Titanic) and Paul Greengrass (United 93, Green Zone, The Bourne Identity) passing, so it will be interesting to see if this project ever gets off the ground.

Fincher has previously worked with Roth on The Curious Case of Benjamin Button amd Roth has written other high profile films such as Ali, Munich, The Good Shepard, The Insider and most recently Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close starring Tom Hanks, which is set to open in theaters on January 20, 2012.

Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut The Land of Blood and Honey will open in theaters in New York and Los Angeles on December 23rd and will go wider in January.

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