Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Rome the Movie?

"Rome" was a show that lasted two seasons on HBO. This is one of the few shows that I actually sat around and watched as soon as it aired, and if there had been more seasons, I would have waited more. Definitely not for the children since swearing, blood and nudity prevailed everywhere in this show (and as did ancient Rome we must presume).

UGO Movie Blog described "Rome" as "Cataloging the exploits of legionnaires Lucius Vorenus (Kevin McKidd) and Titus Pullo (Ray Stevenson), the fictitious everyman characters were uniquely woven into the historical lives of major players like Marc Antony, Cleopatra, Octavian, and Caesar himself."

The Hollywood Reporter had an interview with Bruno Heller, creator of "Rome." The interview took an interesting twist that lets the fate of "Rome" hang in the balance.

"There is talk of doing a movie version," Heller said. "It's moving along. It's not there until it is there. I would love to round that show off."

According to The Hollywood Reporter, "A feature revival of a defunct series always is considered difficult, though HBO succeeded with "Sex and the City," and Fox's "Arrested Development" is making progress toward the big screen. Heller would not discuss plot ideas, but the original series outline for "Rome" next called for the hedonistic Roman leaders to deal with the rise of a certain problematic rabbi -- a story line that would have put a whole new spin on the Greatest Story Ever Told and potentially bring "Rome" a larger audience."

"I discovered halfway through writing the second season the show was going to end," Heller said. "The second was going to end with death of Brutus. Third and fourth season would be set in Egypt. Fifth was going to be the rise of the messiah in Palestine. But because we got the heads-up that the second season would be it, I telescoped the third and fourth season into the second one, which accounts for the blazing speed we go through history near the end. There's certainly more than enough history to go around."

Will there be a "Rome" movie? Will it be successful like "Sex and the City" and the possible "Arrested Development" movie?
We will have to wait and see. More news to come! Catch ya' later!

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