Cameron linked to Cleo project

James Cameron is in talks to direct Angelina Jolie in ‘Cleopatra’.

James Cameron is in talks to direct Angelina Jolie in ‘Cleopatra’.

The ‘Avatar’ director will reportedly helm the 3-D picture produced by Scott Rudin and based on the book ‘Cleopatra: A Life’ by Stacy Schiff.

Angelina has already confirmed her interest in the role but admitted she was waiting for a director.

The 35-year-old actress said: "I think if we can get the story right and... a lot about her has not been covered. If we can do something original we will. But no director yet."

Sony Pictures Entertainment Co-Chair Amy Pascal has revealed the company is anxious to make the movie after screenwriter Bran Helgeland (‘Green Zone’, ‘Robin Hood’) wrote a "brilliant script deserving of epic treatment" all about "what the Romans took from Egypt", Deadline.com reports.

‘Cleopatra’ is set to being shooting in 2011.

‘Titanic’ director James is currently working on new movie ‘The Dive’, and developing the ‘Avatar’ sequel.

The story of Cleopatra was last featured on screen in the 1963 movie starring Elizabeth Taylor as the Egyptian queen.

A rock musical version of the story – entitled ‘Cleo’ and starring Catherine Zeta-Jones - is also believed to be in production.

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