'Game of Thrones' Star Kit Harington Set for Disaster Movie 'Pompeii'
Five years ago, director Roman Polanski was set to helm a movie called Pompeii about the devastating and infamous eruption of Mount Vesuvius in Italy in 79 AD. Things went south, Ridley Scott became attached at one point, then decided it would be better as a TV mini-series, and now Resident Evil director Paul W.S. Anderson is developing an entirely separate project about the same event. This version will be a period adventure movie anchored by a strong love story, and Variety reports that Anderson has found a lead in Kit Harington, who plays the brooding Jon Snow on HBO's much-loved fantasy series "Game of Thrones."
The story, written by Lee Batchler and Janet Scott Batchler and revised by "Downton Abbey" creator Julian Fellowes, centers on a slave named Milo (Harington) who is in love with his master's daughter. But she's already been promised to a corrupt Roman senator, and he's sold to another owner in far away Naples. When Vesuvius blows, Milo travels back to Pompeii to rescue his true love and save his friend, a gladiator locked in the coliseum.
Harington recently starred in Silent Hill: Revelation, so he hasn't had much luck on the big screen yet, but this project is sort of fascinating. Sure, Paul W.S. Anderson is a ridiculous director, but he occasionally can provide some decent thrills and good fun (just look at 2011's The Three Musketeers). And pairing him with the writer of "Downton Abbey" and Gosford Park for a Roland Emmerich-style epic disaster film based on a historical event? I'm not holding my breath that this will turn out great, but all of these diverse elements coming together certainly have my attention. No start date is listed, but Lionsgate/Summit will be distributing this one in the U.S. once it's finished, so keep your eyes peeled for more.