At least, that is what Braveheart screenwriter Randall Wallace has in mind. According to Variety, Wallace has signed on with Columbia pictures to write The Last Pharaoh. It tells the story of Taharqa, a pharaoh who battled Assryan invaders in ancient Egypt back in the mid-600s BC.
The script is being written as a vehicle for Will Smith, who is the one that brought the story to Wallace, and has been interested in playing the pharaoh for quite a while. As well, it is worth noting that Wallace is the third screenwriter to be brought onto the project at Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment. The original script was written by Devil in a Blue Dress scribe Carl Franklin, with Never Back Down writer Chris Hauty being brought in to do some polishing earlier this year.
As of right now, there is no target start date for the project, but we will keep an eye out for you.
Also, a very little known fact about Taharqa — he was a Nubian. What the f**k is a Nubian?