HBO's Rome Finally Heading to the Big Screen as a Sequel?
by Ethan Anderton
March 4, 2010
Sometimes even the newest news is simply old news. Such is that case with recent "discovery" from EW's Hollywood Insider that HBO's epic series Rome officially has a movie adaptation in the works. This was talked about almost exactly a year ago when MovieWeb spoke to series regular Ray Stevenson about the big screen potential. "It is no longer a smoke and mirrors rumor. The script is in full development," he said, but of course, knowing full well how long it can take to get something like this going, Stevenson also added, "We shall see." The movie is supposed to pick up in Germany four years after the series ended. Read on!
EW doesn't have any other new groundbreaking details, but they do say Bruno Heller (creator/executive producer) finished a script for Morning Light Productions, but they still have to find a director and a studio because HBO Films is not involved at all (which seems a bit odd). The hope is that original cast members like Kevin McKidd will return, and Stevenson's knowledge on the production over a year ago makes it seem like he would eventually be on board, too. Otherwise, why would anyone bother to keep him posted?
Rome aired from 2005 to 2007 and took place in Ancient Rome, beginning with Caesar’s invasion of Gaul and continuing with the rise of the first Emperor Augustus. It centered on soldiers Pullo (Stevenson) and Vorenus (McKidd), who [SPOILER] appear to die at the end of the series. Obviously being open-ended, it seems easy to bring these characters back in the form of an epic new movie, but is the audience big enough to warrant a theatrical release or should this be a big budget straight-to-DVD sequel to appease the fans?
Personally, I've never been a fan of movies that make the jump from TV to big screen and require that you know the extended back story to fully enjoy it. I've heard Rome is pretty good, I just haven't had the chance to see it. And it's frustrating for people who, like me, haven't watched the show who don't get little tidbits, inside jokes or understand the characters and their relationships. On the other side, it's just as frustrating for fans of the series because the film has to be accessible to an entire audience that hasn't seen any of it. Just doesn't seem like a win for either side, but that's my opinion. Any Rome fans care to weigh in?