James Cameron in talks for 'hot' Cleopatra

October 20th, 2010

James Cameron is in discussions to work on a "hot" 3-D 'Cleopatra' movie with Angelina Jolie.

The 'Avatar' filmmaker was named as a potential candidate to work on the project, and he now confirms he has been talking with studio Sony about it.

He said: "There's a 'Cleopatra' project in work, meaning that it's been in development at Sony. And it's a subject that's always fascinated me.

"So yeah, I've been talking to them about it but no decisions have been made. But it sounds hot, doesn't it? I mean, Angelina Jolie and 'Cleopatra'? To me, that's like a slam dunk."

The 56-year-old director also confirmed he would not be daunted to follow up Elizabeth Taylor's 'Cleopatra' because he has dealt with plenty of cynicism in the past.

He told the New York Times: "You know, there were a lot of people betting against us on 'Titanic' as well. That kind of stuff isn't particularly daunting to me. The idea of 10-foot-tall blue people that were 100 per cent CG, it was Smurf Planet - plenty of reasons why 'Avatar' wasn't going to work either."

Angelina has previously confirmed she would be involved in the project once she has seen a script and a director had been agreed.

She said: "I think if we can get the story right and... a lot about her has not been covered. If we can do something original we will. But no director yet."

The movie is set to shoot in 2011.