James Cameron to direct Jolie in Cleopatra?

Los Angeles: Oscar-winner James Cameron is in talks to direct Angelina Jolie in a new 3D film based on the life of Egyptian queen Cleopatra.

Based on Stacy Schiff`s book `Cleopatra: A Life`, the 3D movie is being produced by Scott Rudin and the `Avatar` director is a favourite to helm the project Jolie, who is currently busy shooting her directorial debut, a Bosnian love story, has already confirmed her interest in the role, Deadline.com reported.

"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 said 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. Cameron is currently working on new movie `The Dive`, and developing the `Avatar` sequel.

The story of Cleopatra, who seduced Julius Caesar and Marc Anthony, was last featured on screen in the 1963 movie starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.

A rock musical version of the story, titled `Cleo` and starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, is also believed to be in production.

PTI

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