James Cameron in Talks to Direct CLEOPATRA with Angelina Jolie

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Take this with extreme skepticism, but how would you like to see a James Cameron-directed film about Cleopatra starring Angelina Jolie? Yeah, me too. That is exactly what Sony Pictures Entertainment is exploring with the director, and the film would be based off the Stacy Schiff book Cleopatra: A Life. What a life it was and what a film this could possibly be. Hit the jump for more details about the potential film and why this likely will not occur.

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Deadline reports that Sony and Cameron are serious about this happening, but nothing has been signed, and that’s the biggest hurdle here. Jolie is attached to the film, but that’s it at the moment. Meanwhile, Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential, Mystic River) will provide the script with Scott Rudin producing (he acquired the book). Part of the potential problem is the relationship that Cameron has with Fox. The company has financed two of the biggest box-office gambles in the history of cinema, Titanic and Avatar.  Both returned a combined $3 billion in box office receipts, and the latter ushered in the era of 3D that has most of us shaking our heads.

However, the draw of this film, with the producing, acting, and writing talent behind it, is damn enticing. Cameron is a busy man right now, with a planned sequel to Avatar, while producing a 3D reboot of Fantastic Voyage at Fox and Guillermo del Toro’s passion project At The Mountains Of Madness at Universal. Despite that schedule, Cameron has the power her to do just about what he damn well pleases. Did I mention Avatar made over $2 billion dollars at the box office?

The Egyptian pharaoh has an interesting tie to 20th Century Fox as well, as the article mentions the 1963 Cleopatra starring Elizabeth Taylor. Fox financed that film and the budget ran wild, starting at only $2 million and reportedly reaching $44 million by the end and nearly bankrupting the company. The receipts ended up coming in at $26 million, which was the highest grosser for that year but clearly under the budget. Interesting that Cameron is the man that keeps challenging their wallets but returning big bucks at the box office. Perhaps… PERHAPS, he can do the same at Sony if he signs on the dotted line. I vote that they should use papyrus if he does. Believe me when I say that if there are any updates on this, we will let you know.

So hit the comments and let us know what you think.




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  • http://myinternettvsoftware.com Daphne

    after salt?well this is another must see movie! Angelina rocks!

  • Aromcath

    I don’t see this going down with Cameron, it doesn’t fit his M.O, but on reflection neither did Titanic and that worked out well for both Fox and Cameron so I acknowledge that’s not much of an argument. But further along the lines, hasn’t Cameron expressed somewhere he’s not doing anything he doesn’t have a heavy hand in crafting from the script to editing.

    But I will say there is part of me that does want Cameron to do this. Not so much out of a desire for Cleopatra, which frankly I don’t care about, but it would mean Cameron’s up to doing stuff that doesn’t have his signature from the ground up. Which means the ever increasing possibility of a Mass Effect movie could be potentially directed by Cameron which I would appreciate very very very much.

    So here’s to a wicked long shot of a dream.

  • Neo-3

    Avatar+Titanic = 4.5B

    If Cameron came onboard would it delay Avatar? Earliest start is April 2011 would be out holidays 2012. If this happened Avatar 2 would start late Summer 2012 7+ months later than he wanted to.

    • Rikocon

      Doubt even if Cameron solely focused on Avatar sequel we wouldn’t even see anything until 2013-2015.

    • http://twitter.com/cablebfg Bill Graham

      From my side of things, I haven’t heard that Cameron is incredibly eager to immediately start production on the sequel yet. Hell, the receipts still aren’t completely finished yet, as the real Blu-ray versions are coming in a month and he is probably taking it easy for a bit. This would certainly distract him from immediately jump starting the sequel though. I can wait if this is what is distracting him. Oh, and ATMOM.

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  • Christophercantos

    if he really wants to do a 360 degree turn ala “the best filmakers” around, then i’m on board to this. i want something fresh from him again.

    oh and please don’t do this one on 3D.

  • Excpired

    I don’t want to see Angelina play another historical female figure (she is kind of boring in those roles to be honest). I also would MUCH rather see Cameron working on the live adaptation of Battle Angel which would be a much more groundbreaking film than a Cleopatra pic. It is interesting that this game up because I am re-watching Rome and I just got to the episode that Cleopatra is introduced ‘Caesarion’.

    To the guy who says don’t do it in 3D, trust me, he will. He even has stated he wants to make a dramatic story film using 3D to prove that 3D can enhance the story and emotion of a film as well as the visuals.

    A successful adaptation of an anime is far more important in Hollywood right now then another historical drama; it will open up Hollywood to making anime adaptations which could bring some interested tent-pole releases for the next decade. We know whatever Cameron does it will be a financial success, and probably a critical one as well.

    • Excpired

      A side note, I would not mind seeing a film about Cleopatra; I just would rather it not be Angelina Jolie in the role; preferably a rising star that doesn’t have a big name already.

  • pook

    Interesting. The time could be right. Just once, I’d LOVE to see Octavian murdering Cleopatra, instead of the old asp-suicide theory.

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