Eric Roth to Write David Fincher’s Cleopatra

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First announced this past June, Cleopatra: A Life is moving forward as screenwriter Eric Roth has entered talks to draft the adaptation.

The project arrives from Producer Scott Rudin, who purchased the rights to the biography “Cleopatra: A Life” by Stacy Schiff. Angelina Jolie is attached to play the last of the Egyptian Pharoahs and David Fincher eyeing the project to potentially direct.

The story of Cleopatra has had a long history in Hollywood, including (among others) a lost silent version starring Theda Bara, a 1934 version with Claudette Colbert and, most famously, a 1963 version with Elizabeth Taylor in the title role.

Roth’s next film, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, hits theaters on Christmas day in a limited release, going wide on January 20, 2012.