Burr Steers Directing the 'Emperor' Young Caesar Adaptation
It was only a couple of weeks ago that it was announced that producers Gianni Nunnari and Mark Canton, along with Exclusive Media Group, would be bringing an adaptation of Conn Iggulden's Emperor series of novels to the big screen. Deadline now says that they've found a director for at least the first Emperor book - Burr Steers. Who is he? He got his debut with Igby Goes Down in 2002 but recently directed 17 Again and is working on the other Zac Efron film Charlie St. Cloud as we speak. So does that mean this is going to star Zac Efron as a young Julius Ceaser? As for Steers' interest, he's always wanted to make a movie like this.
"I've always had an interest in Julius Caesar and his formative years and am thrilled to have the opportunity to be part of this project," Steers said. "There has never been a film that focuses on Caesar as a young man, and Conn Iggulden, Bill Broyles and Stephen Harrigan have a completely fresh, timely, and exciting take on one of the greatest historical figures of all time. I look forward to working with Conn, Bill and Stephen, Exclusive Media, Atmosphere's Mark Canton and Hollywood Gang's Gianni Nunnari and Craig Flores."
Ohh yea, that definitely means we'll see Zac Efron as either Julius or Brutus. The first film (in an eventual trilogy) will be based on the first two novels - The Gates of Rome and The Death of Kings - in which Julius and Brutus are raised to be come noble Roman soldiers. The two other subsequent novels trace their path as Caesar becomes the most powerful warrior in the world, with Marcus as his side. Romantic entanglements and changing allegiances lead them down a tragic path. Their fates are intertwined much more closely in the novels than in other stories like HBO's Rome. This should definitely be interesting, but I won't deny that I'm not worried about Steers taking on an epic project like this. I hope he can pull it off. We'll keep you updated!