Warner Bros Picks Up Jonathan Liebesman's Julius Caesar Action Pitch
More epic historical action coming our way. Deadline reports that Warner Bros has acquired a pitch for an "epic-sized" story about Roman leader Gaius Julius Caesar, but it is not a biopic. The project is being developed by director Jonathan Liebesman (The Killing Room, Battle Los Angeles, Clash of the Titans 2) from a screenplay by Chris Boal, The Hurt Locker writer Mark Boal's brother. They explain that the "idea is to create a sweeping drama with a big movie star part" and it will of course have plenty of fights, so maybe a bit like 300, but with the Roman empire, as the story focuses on Caesar building the 10th Legion in Spain.
The idea for the project, which doesn't have a title but I wouldn't be surprised if it's called Caesar, originally came from Jonathan Liebesman and was developed by Warner Bros producer Basil Iwanyk, who's currently working with him on Clash of the Titans 2. "It's an original pitch that is not a biopic as much a Patton-like approach that covers the time in which Caesar was sent to Spain on a detail no one else wanted." That's an interesting setup, I hope it turns out badass. Liebesman also had his kinetic action movie Odysseus pitch picked up by Warner Bros a few years ago, so it sounds like he's got quite a few other historical epics on his plate after he finishes the Clash of the Titans sequel. Sounds good either way, but I want to see more sci-fi!