Al Pacino has always spoken of playing legendary French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte and he's finally get his chance.  However, this won't be a serious epic about the power hungry 19th century leader. 

Instead, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Pacino will play Napoleon in a movie adaptation of Staton Rabin's children's book "Betsy and the Emperor."  The book tells the story of how 14-year-old Betsy Balcombe finds a kindred spirit in Napoleon who is exiled on St. Helena, her island home.  The friendship is well documented, but the novel's storyline is conjecture. 

John Curran ("The Painted Veil") will direct.

Killer Films is producing alongside CG Corp and plan to begin filming in late autumn.

Pacino recently starred in the critically drubbed thriller "Righteous Kill," but the picture made a healthy $40 million domestically.  "Emperor" will likely be his next film