If you were a fan of the HBO period drama Rome I’ve got some great news for you. Ever since the short lived series got cancelled back in 2007, there’s been talk of a feature film version in the works. In a recent interview with Movie Web, former co-star Ray Stevenson (above) dropped the bomb that the Rome movie is happening! According to the actor the film’s screenplay is in “full development,” and he’s anxious to step back into the role of Titus Pullo. Check out the highlights from the interview after the jump.
When asked if the Rome movie is still happening the Irish actor had this to say.
Apparently so. It is no longer a smoke and mirrors rumor. The script is in full development. As you are probably aware, this is a pretty strange process. We could go into production in a year, or it could be as quick as six months. Who knows? It will happen. At least it is no longer a rumor. From what I have heard, they are nearing the end of script development. We shall see. We shall see.
I’m sure you’re wondering if the film version will be as good as the series. Unfortunately, big screen adaptations don’t always do their shows justice. Stevenson says that series creator Bruno Heller is writing the film’s screenplay, and he believes it’s in good hands.
Bruno is the one writing the movie, thankfully. I don’t think anybody else could write the movie. It will be Bruno at the helm. That guy has a soft spot for Pullo and Vorenus. I don’t think he will let the ball drop. I don’t think he will disappoint. He never pulled his punches with the hard drama or the social status, or the action sequences. He put full honesty into the characters. I completely trust him, and I can’t wait to read his script once it materializes.
I can’t believe this is happening. I really can’t explain how much I loved that show. I think it’s really interesting how these well written, prematurely cancelled shows manuever around the networks to reach their fans. Firefly (Serenity) did it, Arrested Development will soon, and now Rome. Take that network executives!
What do you want to see in the movie version of Rome? What stories should they expand on?