WB picks up Jonathan Liebesman-backed Julius Caesar pitch

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
July 13th, 2011

Despite lackluster buzz behind his latest film, BATTLE: LOS ANGELES, director Jonathan Liebesman is still very much a hot commodity in the directing world.

Recently wrapping up his next film, CLASH OF THE TITANS 2, he’s set to re-team with producer Basil Iwanyk, as Deadline is reporting that WB has picked up a pitch from writer Chris Boal that will find Liebesman helming a film surrounding the life of Julius Caesar.

The film will allegedly not be a biopic, but has been compared to a film like PATTON, and will follow “the time in which Caesar was sent to Spain on a detail no one else wanted. There, he built the 10th Legion fighting force that would eventually march on Rome, overrun the forces of his close friend turned rival Pompey, and establish Caesar as the unrivaled ruler of the empire. The idea is to create a sweeping drama with a big movie star part, and the pitch came with some of the action scenes choreographed. The film would end with his coronation but leaves open the prospect of a second film that chronicled his trip to Egypt and eventual assassination.”

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Boal, brother of HURT LOCKER writer Mark Boal, is behind the play 23 Knives which looks at Caesar’s autopsy, proving that while he may be a relatively unknown writer, this project is right in his wheelhouse. I actually didn’t find BATTLE LA to be too awful, but this is definitely an odd move for Liebesman. I’m excited to see him go this route, but I’m also not sure if this is a project that fits him as a filmmaker.

What do you think?

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