Paul W.S. Anderson attached to direct volcano adventure film POMPEII

Jessica Dorrell

by: Jessica Dorrell
May 3rd, 2011

With Robert Towne confirmed to be writing the script, POMPEII was still looking for a director. The film was originally going to be directed by Roman Polanski, then was going to be a Ridley Scott produced mini-series, and now it looks like it is back to the big screen. Paul W.S. Anderson, the man responsible for the RESIDENT EVIL series, is attached to direct POMPEII.

POMPEII will be an action adventure disaster film about the legendary eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in the Roman city in 79 A.D. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film will also center around a love story giving the film a tone similar to TITANIC.

"Set in late summer 79 A.D., Pompeii revolves around the slave of a shipping tycoon who dreams of the day he can buy his freedom and marry his master's daughter. What the slave doesn't know is that she's already been promised to a corrupt Roman senator, while he's been sold to another owner.

Just when things can't get any worse, Mt. Vesuvius erupts with the power of 40 nuclear bombs. But the slave is trapped on a ship headed for Naples, separated from his love and best friend, a gladiator who is trapped in the city's coliseum. As fire and ash destroy the only world he's ever known, the slave is determined to get back and rescue them."

The film is being produced and financed by Constantin Film and has been picked up for U.S. distribution by Summit Entertainment. Summit will be shopping the film to foreign buyers at Cannes. No cast has been revealed yet for the film.

I'm guessing this means Ridley Scott won't be producing the project, since it's not going the mini-series route and I haven't seen his name on any of the news from today. Either way, I am insanely excited for this because I absolutely love volcano movies and think Anderson could do an interesting take on this legendary moment in history.

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