New Cleopatra film will be a 'dirty' political thriller

Sony's new Cleopatra movie may have more in common with House of Cards than the 1963 film about the Egyptian queen starring Elizabeth Taylor.

Screenwriter David Scarpa, the scribe behind this year's All the Money in the World, is writing the screenplay and says he wants the film to be a 'dirty, bloody' political thriller as opposed to the usual stifling period piece.  

'With Cleopatra ... instead of doing the movie as the prestige picture — the three-hour, lots of pageantry, people with fans and English accents and all that stuff — [we] really treat it as a political thriller. 

Screenwriter David Scarpa is working on a script for a new film about Cleopatra. He says he wants to make the film a 'dirty, bloody' political thriller told from a woman's perspective. Above, a still from the 1963 film about the Egyptian queen starring Elizabeth Taylor

Screenwriter David Scarpa is working on a script for a new film about Cleopatra. He says he wants to make the film a 'dirty, bloody' political thriller told from a woman's perspective. Above, a still from the 1963 film about the Egyptian queen starring Elizabeth Taylor

'Dirty, bloody, lots of people swearing and having sex and all of that other stuff and just treat it as a two-hour, lean, mean political thriller, full of assassinations, etc. Just going the opposite direction from the way we think that movie is going to go,' he told The Reporter. 

The movie has been in the works since Stacy Schiff's biography on the female Pharoah was released seven years ago.

The book became a best seller for its feminist retelling of Cleopatra's life story. 

Scarpa is clearly inspired by the spirit of the book, and says he wants to throw out the misogynistic myths that have plagued Cleopatra's legend over the years.  

Several directors have been attached to the

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