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More than two thousand years after her death, Cleopatra remains one of the most fascinating and intriguing women in world history. Now producer Scott Rudin is hoping the public's fascination with a very different kind of queen can help him rewrite one of the most infamous chapters in Hollywood history.

Yes, according to USA Today, Rudin has purchased the rights to Stacy Schiff's upcoming biography of the legendary Egyptian queen, 'Cleopatra: A Life,' and is developing a script with reigning tabloid queen Angelina Jolie in mind for the title role.

For most movie buffs, of course, the role of Cleopatra remains synonymous with Elizabeth Taylor, who famously starred in the 1963 epic 'Cleopatra.' That film holds a dubious place in film lore as perhaps the biggest financial fiasco in Hollywood history thanks to a record that may never be broken: with box office earnings of $26 million against a $44 million production cost, it holds the distinction of being the only movie to ever top the year end box office receipts and still lose money. More than two thousand years after her death, Cleopatra remains one of the most fascinating and intriguing women in world history. Now producer Scott Rudin is hoping the public's fascination with a very different kind of queen can help him rewrite one of the most infamous chapters in Hollywood history.

Yes, according to USA Today, Rudin has purchased the rights to Stacy Schiff's upcoming biography of the legendary Egyptian queen, 'Cleopatra: A Life,' and is developing a script with reigning tabloid queen Angelina Jolie in mind for the title role.

For most movie buffs, of course, the role of Cleopatra remains synonymous with Elizabeth Taylor, who famously starred in the 1963 epic 'Cleopatra.' That film holds a dubious place in film lore as perhaps the biggest financial fiasco in Hollywood history thanks to a record that may never be broken: With box office earnings of $26 million against a $44 million production cost, it holds the distinction of being the only movie to ever top the year end box office receipts and still lose money.

Still, if anyone has both the allure to play Cleopatra and the box office chops to make it a success, it's likely Jolie, who, like Cleopatra, has developed something of a cult of personality thanks to her high profile relationship to Brad Pitt among other things. Will that be enough to finally erase the stain of Taylor's infamous flop? Or will Jolie simply add her name to the long line of figures who have been been unable to crack the enigma of Cleopatra?

Only time (and perhaps a co-starring role for Pitt as Mark Antony?) will tell. Until then, you can catch Jolie next month in 'Salt,' which debuts on July 23. And in the meantime, check out the original Cleopatra for a quick look at the film that nearly bankrupted 20th Century Fox: