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Hope Yet for Storytellers: Rome Sweet Rome Film Deal

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | November 14, 2011 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | November 14, 2011 |

A few weeks ago, a comment thread on Reddit approached the very sensible question that has intrigued learned scholars for years: could a modern battalion of United States Marines conquer the Roman Empire. The comment thread resulted in one commenter posting an answer in story form. He then followed up and wrote additional comments until the story in progress reached ten single spaced pages. That’s the point when an entertaining comment thread turned into something legendary.

Madhouse Entertainment took notice and tracked down the commenter in question, James Erwin. They set up a few meetings in order to assess whether he would be able to write a full length screenplay, and discovered that he was already a published author of nonfiction. Said Erwin in a subsequent interview about the experience: “I’ve written two encyclopedias but no one options an encyclopedia.”

Madhouse then set about trying to sell the project and last week, Warner Brothers purchased the film rights to the screenplay. Adam Kolbrenner and Gianni Nunnari will be producing, though it is still too soon to guess on directors, actors or release dates.

So if anyone ever gives you trouble for time spent on Pajiba, just tell them that you’re working on your screenplay.

(sources: Huffington Post, ScreenRant)

Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.

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