Bruno Heller Finishes "Rome" Film Script

3/17/2010 Posted by Admin

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Bruno Heller Finishes "Rome" Film Script

By our guest blogger, Matt Jussim

Bruno Heller ("The Mentalist") has finished his script for the film sequel to HBO's acclaimed historical epic series "Rome."

According to EW: Fans of HBO’s critically beloved (but short-lived) series "Rome" may not have seen the last of Vorenus and Pullo. Multiple sources have confirmed that a big-screen sequel to the sword-and-sandals series is well underway.

"Rome" creator/executive Bruno Heller has finished a script for Morning Light Productions, which financed the development and will produce the film.

Series stars Kevin McKidd (Lucius Vorenus) and Ray Stevenson (Titus Pullo) will likely sign onto the movie, which picks up in Germany four years after the series ended. The show's final episode which primarily dealt with the death of Mark Antony and Cleopatra and the rise of Octavian to become Emperor Augustus.

The next step for Morning Light is to find a director and a studio, since HBO Films won’t be involved.

The film likely follows the fate of the show's two leads Lucius Vorenus (Kevin McKidd) and Titus Pullo (Ray Stevenson), despite the former seemingly mortally wounded in the finale.

Heller previously indicated in his long-term plan for the series that had it continued the next storyline would've dealt with Rome's response to the rise of a messiah in Palestine.

“Rome” was one of the most critically acclaimed series HBO has ever had, and I think a film adaptation will be successful. Fans of the show are obsessive, and if both Kevin McKidd and Ray Stevenson are back, the movie could be great.

Look for casting news on this project very soon.

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  1. Lynda said...

    any more news on this? atia has to be back, best character in the programme!!

  2. Anonymous said...

    I can't for the life of me understand why Mr. Heller had Octavian and Octavius having sex!!! Also, their mother, Atia, was known as a moral woman; why would he make her into a wicked, raving nymphomaniac?! And Cleopatra, frankly: couldn't they find someone a bit more, er, nice looking to play the part? Besides, for 300 hundred years Alexander general's family (Ptolemy) has ruled Egypt; I doubt very much they would have adopted Egyptian building codes and dressing. Alexandria and Ptolemy Philopater's palace were known to the Ancient World as beautiful places, made of marble, veritable jewels; why did they portray both as shabby places? And what's with the doggie style? He saw some depiction in Pompei and decided that's how everybody did it? Love the series, but must every single character be a jerk, a criminal or an immoral animal? My theory is that writers write what they delight into imagining and wish they could live; doesn't say much good about Heller...

  3. Trevor said...

    Apparently you missed the point...Morality is relative to the people who define it. Of course to us, all of them seem to have very noticeable moral flaws, but we are talking about people who saw nothing wrong with watching people die for sport, and believed it was their god(s) given right to own and sell slaves. This was not amoral to them, it is amoral to us. Apparently you were unable to make that distinction....As for Atia being known as a moral woman, do you really think her son, the Emperor, who was a master of propaganda and public manipulation would allow his own mother to be known in the annals of history as a "wicked, raving nymphomaniac"?