'Apollo 18' Writer Reworking 'Rome, Sweet Rome' Time Travel Film
Funnily enough, I just suffered through the found footage horror film Apollo 18 for the first time last weekend. Now the writer of that atrocious film has been hired to do a rewrite of a time travel film called Rome, Sweet Rome, a story based on an idea that started on the popular website Reddit. It sounds a bit silly, but the pitch from first-time screenwriter, author and Jepoardy champion James Erwin started from several posts on the site asking the question, "What if a unit of U.S. Marines are transported back in time and forced to do battle with Roman legions?" The answer is they get a motion picture deal at Warner Bros.
Variety reports Brian Miller is rewriting the film from scratch since the first run by Erwin didn't seem like it was exactly what the studio wanted. This time, Miller's take (which is as fresh as can be since he's not being given the original) will follow a group of U.S. Special Forces soldiers instead of Marines. The title seems a bit hokey, but then again, so does the idea. Of course, this could make for some cool action and a great dramatization of what it might be like if some of history's finest warriors went up against our military. The guns would give them a slight advantage, but I'm betting they won't have they all the time in order to make it a little more challenging. Hopefully we'll hear more about this intriguing project down the road.