According to Deadline:
Director Ridley Scott, who directed such classic films as Alien (1979) with Sigourney Weaver (The Ghostbusters series) and Blade Runner (1982) with Harrison Ford (The Indiana Jones series), has now set his sights on directing the upcoming biopic about the life and times of Gertrude Bell.
Jeffrey Caine (Purple Mountain) has been commissioned for the film which is going to be produced by Mr. Scott and Giannina Facio under Fox in England.
The movie is about Gertrude bell who found her interest and passion in the desert during a visit with her uncle who was a diplomat in Persia. She would then go on to have a seminal role in Middle East Politics during the run up to the first World War. She played many parts during her time there, such as Archeologist, Diplomat, and Photographer. She was also very helpful in sorting out where the borders of Iraq are after the full of the Turkish Empire. She would eventually lose favor with her government after she strongly advocated self-rule for the Arab nations.