Bruno Heller working on ROME film
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.