Word has filtered out from the rumor mills that HBO’s “Rome” is heading for the big screen. They’ve got a script and both Kevin McKidd and Ray Stevenson have signed on to reprise their roles as Vorenus and Pullo. Since Vorenus [cough spoiler] died in the final episode, he’s obviously coming back as a zombie. Or there’s time travel … and Caesarion grows up to be Vorenus. And little Lucius grows up to be Octavian and due to a sex change operation and time loop, Octavia as well. Atia and Antony? Cylons. It all makes total sense now.
In any case, for some reason, neither HBO nor the BBC is involved in the production at all, which could be construed as something terribly worrying. But the script is by Bruno Heller, one of the co-creators of the television series, and writer of 11 of the 22 episodes of the series. Of course on the other hand, the show was planned out over a five season course initially, and although the last four seasons were ludicrously compressed into the ten episodes of the second season, the basic outline of the story was still completed. Which makes the fact that the film is set 4 years after the series, in Germany, an additional point of deviation.
No word on when filming begins, but hopefully it doesn’t impact McKidd’s “Grey’s Anatomy” shooting schedule or Stevenson’s latest take on “Thug #3”, that would just be a tragic blow to art all around.
(source: Film School Rejects)