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Conn Iggulden's Emperor Novels To Be Adapted For Screen

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Five years ago the news broke that 300 producers Gianni Nunnari and Mark Canton had picked up the rights to Conn Iggulden's Emperor novels, about the rise and fall of Julius Caesar. The rest was silence, but the story has finally come back around, with the epic project now finding a home at Hunger Games studio Lionsgate.

 

Iggulden began his Emperor series with The Gates Of Rome back in 2003, and it currently stretches to five novels. The saga begins with Caesar and Marcus Brutus as boys, and follows their rise through the Roman Empire and the machinations that lead to "Et tu, Brute?" and the endgame at the Senate. The fifth book, The Blood Of Gods, published several years after the others in 2013, deals with Mark Antony and Gaius Octavius' revenge on Caesar's assassins.

 

The first film in the projected franchise stays with Julius and Marcus long enough to see them making waves and regarded as threats within the Roman political establishment. The screenplay is currently credited to Burr Steers (Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, Igby Goes Down), executive producer William Broyles Jr. (Cast Away, Apollo 13), Ian MacKenzie Jeffers (The Grey) and TV writer Stephen Harrigan. Nigel Sinclair and Guy East (Rush, End Of Watch) are also producing under their White Horse Pictures banner, along with Matt Jackson.

 

...via Empire Online

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Wasn't Brutus much younger than Caesar?  Or is this the father of the famous assassin?  At any rate, I'll check it out.

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