Fincher: Cleo a character study
David Fincher has declared that his version of Cleopatra will be a character study rather than a "giant sword-and-sandal epic".
The Social Network director is set to make the film with Angelina Jolie in the leading role, and he told MTV that making a film based on Stacy Schiff's biography of the Eygyptian queen was a task he would be taking seriously.
He said: "[Producer] Scott Rudin has this wonderful book, and hopefully [screenwriter] Eric Roth can find a way in. I'm not interested in a giant sword-and-sandal epic. We've seen scope - everyone knows we can fake that. That stuff doesn't impress in the way that it did even 10 years ago.
"So that's not the reason to do that. What is it about this character that has purchased this place in our history and imagination that is relatable today?"
Fincher has taken up the helm after James Cameron and Paul Greengrass put themselves out of the running.
Producer Rudin has said previously of the project: "She's not a sex kitten, she's a politician, strategist, warrior. In the Joseph Mankiewicz movie, Elizabeth Taylor is a seductress, but the histories of Cleopatra have been written by men. This is the first to be written by a woman."