Producer Lucas Foster (Mr. & Mrs. Smith) has optioned “The Arms of the Sun,” a novel by Roberto Zacco first published in Italy by Mondadori, says The Hollywood Reporter.
The novel is part of a trilogy about the ancient Egyptian pharaohs and focuses on Nefertiti, the consort of Akhenaton, the first royal to espouse belief in a single god.
“This is a cool book about one of history’s most intriguing women. It will be the basis for an epic romantic adventure film — movies like this are why I became a filmmaker,” Foster said.
Writers are being screened but casting is not yet under way. Plans are to shoot the $30 million film in Morocco and Dubai.