McG Attached to Direct a 300-Style Christopher Columbus Film
With quite a billion dollar empire including Virgin Records, Virgin Mobile, Virgin Atlantic Airways, the still developing commercial space travel company Virgin Galactic Airways, and so much more, entrepreneur Richard Branson is now throwing his hat into the motion picture industry. Deadline reports that the businessman launched Virgin Produced this passed summer in association with Relativity Media and the banner is making its first acquisition with Columbus, a 300 style film following Christopher Columbus and the discovery of America with McG (Terminator Salvation, Charlie's Angels) set to direct the project.
With a script from newcomer T.S. Nowlin, the films seems to be following in the footsteps of stylistic and alternate takes on prominent figures in history. Various projects like Fox's The Secret Journeys of Jack London, Warner Bros. Leonardo Da Vinci and the Soldiers of Forever and Timur Bekmambetov's Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter are all the rage in the industry in the form of historical remixes of sorts. The story of Columbus' travels and "discovery" of America with a touch of hyper-reality in the same vein as Zack Snyder's 300 could make for a great flick, but I'm surprised the concept has been pushed to the pages of a graphic novel before heading to the big screen. Count me somewhat interested for now. How about you?