Bruno Heller working on ROME film

by: GATW Guest Writer
March 5th, 2010

It has been years since I first experienced HBO's "Rome," but it still remains one of my favorites. The series only lasted two seasons (22 episodes), but in that little time it garnered plenty of praise and fans who have been waiting for a film adaptation.

Series producer Bruno Heller first announced that he was working on a script in 2008, saying, "It's moving along. It's not there until it is there. I would love to round that show off." Like with most TV-to-film productions, there's always talk and at this point I had given up hope, but it looks like hope is not lost yet!

Entertainment Weekly is reporting that a movie is finally in the works. According to the news site, "multiple sources have confirmed to EW that a big-screen sequel to the sword-and-sandals series is well underway. 'Rome' creator/executive Bruno Heller... has finished a script for Morning Light Productions, which financed the development and will produce the film."

The show's biggest claim to fame was its cost. Reportedly, HBO and the BBC paid over $100 million for the first season, making it the most expensive series ever produced. Although it was a huge hit, the cost was not sustainable and thus it was canceled earlier than Bruno Heller had hoped. He stuffed the Egypt storylines he was saving for seasons 3 and 4 into season 2, but didn't cover "the rise of the messiah in Palestine." Perhaps he'll use that story for the film.

Now if only I could get a "Deadwood" and "Carnivàle" movie, I'd be happy.

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  • annawoods04

    In one of the interview with Bruno Heller according to him the series could have played even faster and looser with the passage of time than it did. Heller said basically that if the series had continued, it would have focused on “the rise of the messiah in Palestine” — but if the series ended around 31 BC, i.e. 31 years “before Christ” had even been born, then they would have had to jump a good 60 years or so into the future in order to pursue that story idea.

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  • http://kclose3.com/blog kacey3

    Any word on whether Kevin McKidd or Ray Stevenson will reprise their roles, even in passing? Those two MADE the series in my opinion.

  • http://kclose3.com/blog kacey3

    Any word on whether Kevin McKidd or Ray Stevenson will reprise their roles, even in passing? Those two MADE the series in my opinion.

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    I was devastated when the HBO series Rome ended and so wished they could have continued on into the reigns of Tiberius, Caligula, et al.  Further, the rumours of a film on Hadrian now seem to have gone by the wayside – and is yet another disappointment. 

    When people love this period of history so much, why are there not more films, documentaries and series on this subject matter?  Gladiator was a huge box office success was it not?  And even while off the rails as far as historical accuracy goes, who didn’t love the “I Claudius” series?  Elagabulus, Hadrian, Caligula, Trajan, there were so many interesting peeps in ancient Rome to write about.  Please keep the historical dramas coming!!

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