Hollywood Gang Developing Historical Epic Trilogy on Caesar
Hollywood Gang Productions, run by Gianni Nunnari and Mark Canton, hasn't actually developed a feature film since Frank Miller's 300 in 2007. They've been pitching projects left and right, but nothing has moved into production yet. They're now developing is a historical drama based on the early life of Julius Caesar. They're packaging it as a new trilogy bed on Conn Iggulden's Emperor series of novels (The Gates of Rome, The Death of Kings, The Field of Swords) with William Broyles Jr. (Apollo 13, Cast Away, Jarhead, Flags of Our Fathers) writing the script. Is it just me or does this a little similar to HBO's feature version of Rome?
The project doesn't have a director yet, but Deadline says the hope is to start filming in the next few months, which seems a bit quick, but maybe they can pull it off. Hollywood Gang, and Exclusive Media Group (who is also producing), are known for historical epics, but then again they haven't made anything since 300 and the style and beauty of that film was mainly due to Zack Snyder and Frank Miller (not the producers). Iggulden's Emperor tells the story of two young boys - Gaius and Marcus, raised as brothers - as they grow to adults in Rome. I'm pretty interested in seeing this, just because it sounds like it could be awesome, but it depends on who they get to direct and other production details. We will keep you updated! Anyone read the books?