Taiwanese filmaker Ang Lee could replace David Fincher to direct a Cleopatra biopic project starring Angelina Jolie in the title role, according to Vulture.com.
Fincher's name has been linked to the 3D biopic since the spring of 2011, and Vulture does not explain why he is no longer associated with the project, although the publication ventures several hypotheses.
Does he need more time on another project, such as the House of Cards series, which is headed to Netflix, or a sequel to his Millennium flick? Sony Pictures (which produced Fincher's The Social Network, Millennium, and is backing the Cleopatra project) could also be less eager nowadays to fund a filmmaker whose remake of the Swedish hit flopped at the box-office.
Sony is now focused on getting Ang Lee on board. The director is still considered a bankable commodity having won an Academy Award in 2006 for Brokeback Mountain.
The biopic about the Egyptian pharaoh is a long-running project that has previously been linked with directors James Cameron, Paul Greengrass and David Fincher.
Ang Lee's Life of Pi is set to hit theaters this fall, with a cast that includes Irrfan Khan, Tobey Maguire and Gérard Depardieu.