James Cameron to direct Cleopatra?

Angelina Jolie is set to star...

Box-office Titan James Cameron is rumoured to be considering directing Angelina Jolie in Cleopatra

There Will Be Blood producer Scott Rudin bought the rights to the novel Cleopatra: A Life, by Pulitzer-prize winning author Stacy Schiff (to be published next month) and Sony is apparently gearing up for a PG-13 take on it, to be shot in 3D. 

The "brilliant" script has been written by Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential).

Cameron already has a busy schedule lined up - he is preparing to write Avatar 2, and is producing Guillermo del Toro's At the Mountains of Madness, as well as a 3D remake of Fantastic Voyage, so there's no telling when this will materialise.

Whatever your thoughts on Avatar, there is no denying that the visual scope of it was spectacular, and the thought of seeing Cameron's interpretation of a living, breathing ancient Egypt, in 3D, is mouthwatering stuff. 

The original 1963 film, starring Elisabeth Taylor in the title role and Richard Burton as Mark Anthony, famously went completely over budget, ballooning from $2 million to $44 million, practically bankrupting 20th Century Fox.

With Cameron behind the lens, and Jolie starring,  will this put the epic-to-end-all-epics to shame?

Cleopatra comin' at ya? Or should Cameron stay on Pandora?

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    • higgins78

      Oct 15th 2010, 14:51

      Boy has James Cameron gone of the boil, Gladiator being the only above average movie he has made for a good long while. Also, Angelina Jolie while looking nothing short of stunning is too white, we are talking Queen of Egypt here, my suggestion for the role...Thandie Newton.

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    • aquamah

      Oct 16th 2010, 15:40

      This going to be fantastic movie

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    • Area51

      Oct 16th 2010, 15:58

      I've got it now at out local theatre with Kim Catterall no less as Cleo!! This will be epic!

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    • Seedorf

      Oct 16th 2010, 17:14

      @higgins78. Since when did Cameron direct Gladiator? I agree he has gone off the boil. The last great film he made was T2.

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    • Jrdnsans1792

      Oct 19th 2010, 9:50

      @seedorf. yh i think you've got a point there, apart from Aliens and Terminator 1 and 2, i've not been a big fan of cameron's work. Both Titanic and Avatar were incredibly over-rated films. Also i must admit i don't like the idea of this Cleopatra film, especially as cameron might be directing it. Plus the idea of casting Angelina Jolie as Cleopatra seems like a bad idea, surely he could find a more suitable, more talented actress somewhere.

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