Last month's rumor is true: McG, the man who brought us 'Charlie's Angels,' 'We Are Marshall' and 'Terminator Salvation' is now negotiating to direct Universal Pictures' game extravaganza, 'Ouija,' according to Deadline. This makes it the follow-up to the other Hasbro game in the works, the quite ridiculous-sounding alien extravaganza known as 'Battleship.' Should negotiations work out, production will begin by this summer, before getting a release on November 12, 2012.

We can't knock them for pushing this in front of Taylor Lautner as Stretch Armstrong, because really -- who wants to see that? But the inclusion of McG certainly lends itself well to Alison's thoughts of "sleepover party people with orange Cheez Doodle fingers." If anyone incorporates the Doodles in the flick, it'll be the guy who got famous on giggly girl heroines. However, it is important to note that the current plan is to not make this some spooky sleepover flick, but instead a PG-13 action-adventure that, naturally, could eventually spawn sequels.

But if you want something more epic and less silly, hit the jump for the latest goodies on the new treatment for C'leopatra'.
Deadline also reports that -- according to Scott Rudin -- Sony Pictures is "pretty close" to securing Paul Greengrass as director of 'Cleopatra.' Based on 'Cleopatra: A Life' by Pulitzer Prize-winner Stacy Schiff, the film reportedly already has Angelina Jolie interested in playing the iconic Greek queen and Egyptian pharaoh.

Their sources say Greengrass is the guy because he's "smart, touch, political, hard-nosed," which goes well with Cleopatra as Schiff wrote her. Rather than the highly seductive Cleopatra like Elizabeth Taylor's version (which also nearly bankrupted 20th Century Fox in the '60s), Schiff poses the queen and pharaoh as, in Rudin's words, "a politician, strategist, warrior. ... This is the first to be written by a woman. It felt like such a blow-the-doors-off-the-hinges idea of how to tell it, impossible to resist."

It's a great idea, but like the earlier sex-pot version, this will be a pricey, epic risk for the studio. Sony co-chair Amy Pascal even calls it her "'Gone with the Wind' epic." Having Angelina's star power and Greengrass' directorial eye will help, but will it be enough?
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