If The Social Network proved anything about director David Fincher, it's that he's just as dynamite when handling talky drama as he is with serial killer tales (Seven, Zodiac). So how about an epic period film now?

We may actually find out the answer. Fincher, who's currently finishing up his adaptation of Swedish author Stieg Larsson's worldwide best-seller The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, is the latest name connected to the long-in-development Cleopatra, which has Angelina Jolie attached to star as the legendary Egyptian queen. Prior to Fincher, a long list of directors, including James Cameron (Avatar)and Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Ultimatum), have been close to officially signing on, but several factors kept them all from committing. In Greengrass' case, he opted to instead helm the Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic Memphis, while Cameron set his sights on two Avatar sequels.

While Fincher himself is no sure thing, it seems that he's definitely interested, having spoken recently with Sony Pictures' brass about the project. But he's a busy man, locked into Dragon Tattoo if this December's first flick is a success (it'd take a colossal disaster for it not to be, frankly) and also attached to an adaptation of Jules Verne's classic book 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea.

[Via Deadline]