Who was the original director of Cleopatra (1963)? September 3, 2011 by Pamela Landy · Filed Under: Movies Rouben Mamoulian was the original director of Cleopatra (1963). After he was fired, Alfred Hitchcock was offered the job, but refused. Joseph L. Mankiewicz eventually took over. Related PostsHow much did Cleopatra cost?Who played Flipper in the movie Flipper (1963)?Who wrote the short story on which Alfred Hitch-cock’s The Birds (1963) is based?What were the names of the dual characters played by Jerry Lewis in The Nutty Professor (1963)?Who directed The Terror (1963)?