According to Screen Daily, Dino De Laurentiis says that his Alexander the Great movie will still be directed by Baz Luhrmann and will star Leonardo DiCaprio and Nicole Kidman.

Based on the trilogy of novels by Valerio Manfredi ("Alexander: Child of a Dream", "Alexander: The Sands of Ammon", and "Alexander: The Ends of the Earth"), this is the true story of the Macedonian conqueror, Alexander the Great (356-323 B.C.). In 336 BC King Philip was killed and Alexander ascended to the throne of Macedonia. Within the next twelve years Alexander conquered almost the entire known world of his era. Though Alexander made use of the well-oiled army created by his father, he pushed the limits of Macedonian & Greek power to levels King Philip could not have dreamed of.

Laurentiis recently spoke with Italy’s Il Corriere della Sera saying,

"We will shoot the film in one year's time, and it will be the Alexander that everyone has been waiting for...I don't want to hit out against Oliver Stone, who merits respect. But his picture was certainly flawed, and was missing the spine of a screenplay. Epic films are difficult to do well. King Arthur was also flawed. It badly copied ideas from the third film in my schedule, which is based on Valerio Massimo Manfredi's novel, ‘The Last Legion'."

The Last Legion is about a group of legion soldiers who travel to Britain to save a young Roman emperor who has been kidnapped.

Certainly not slowing down with age, De Laurentiis is also working on the The Decameron which is about the black plague that ravaged an Italian city. Hayden Christensen is set to star opposite Mischa Barton.

Lastly, De Laurentiis is also working on another project titled The Lecter Variation. This is a film chronicling the early life of everyone’s favorite cannibal, Hannibal Lecter, before his evil ways reached the US.

Evan Jacobs