Director Denis Villeneuve In Early Talks For “Cleopatra” Remake

By Creative Media

Little, Brown and Company

With Denis Villeneuve’s latest “Blade Runner 2049” set to conquer boxoffice next weekend, the French Canadian writer/director is apparently also being eyed by Sony Pictures to helm “Cleopatra” remake, Deadline reports.

The news is another vote of confidence for the director’s profile as one of Tinseltown’s most sought after. After back to back acclaim for 2015’s “Sicario” and last year’s “Arrival”, early reviews for “Blade Runner 2049” have likewise been stellar.

The director is also currently developing an adaption of another 80s cult film “Dune” for Legendary Pictures, and is set to direct “The Son,” an adaptation of Jo Nesbø’s crime novel.

Angelina Jolie was once rumored to play the last Queen of Egypt, while James Cameron, David Fincher and Paul Greengrass were once either considered or showed interested but no commitments were announced.

The “Cleopatra” project is based on the book “Cleopatra: A Life”, written by Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Stacy Schiff. The best-selling book was published in 2010 to great acclaim and appeared on year-end top 10 lists.