So what do you do after directing the Oscar-winning The Social Network, and wrap up your American version remake of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo? If you’re David Fincher, you may well direct Angelina Jolie in a Cleopatra biopic.
However, the emphasis is on the word “maybe”—rumor has it that James Cameron wants to direct a 3D, PG-13 version of the film, which is based on Stacy Schiff’s bestselling book Cleopatra: A Life, while Paul Greengrass was attached to direct before bailing for Memphis, and Fincher’s name is already increasingly tied to the remaining three films on the Dragon Tattoo trilogy, as well as Disney’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Captain Nemo.
Deadline has it like this:
“I’m told the director conversation right now is with David Fincher, who just got a Best Director Oscar nomination working with Cleopatra producer Scott Rudin, and who is working with Rudin on the Stieg Larsson novel adaptation The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, also at Sony Pictures.
“It’s not surprising that the top directors in town are after this gig. As Rudin has described it, this is the first telling of the Cleopatra story from a woman’s perspective. Instead of simply being a… Cleopatra is also a shrewd politician, strategist and warrior, with sexual charisma to spare. The feeling is the role is a perfect fit for Jolie, who might be the only actress right now with the box office might to get such a large film financed. Jolie is very particular about the directors she works with. This would be her first film with Fincher.”
What do you think of Fincher version of Cleopatra’s life?