Back in October, James Cameron was considering the job of directing Cleopatra, although he stepped away from the project in November to shoot Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 instead. We then reported in January that Paul Greengrass was a potential candidate, though he dropped out to direct his next project, Memphis.
Scott Rudin will produce Cleopatra, which will reunite him with David Fincher if the director does sign on. They both collaborated on the Oscar-nominated drama The Social Network. Brian Helgeland wrote the screenplay for Cleopatra, which is adapted from the Stacy Schiff book Cleopatra: A Life?. Cleopatra is described as being told from a woman's point of view, portraying the title character not only as a seductress, but as warrior and politician as well.
There might be scheduling issues to work out if David Fincher comes on board. Steven Zaillian is currently writing the script for the sequel The Girl Who Played With Fire, a follow-up to David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo remake. Sony may want to go into production fairly quickly with Cleopatra, and David Fincher is expected to return to The Girl Who Played With Fire soon.