Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr Viber
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
Roar Power
Jurassic World unleashed on iTunes
Halo 5 Guardians
The Master Chief returns
Movie News

Trailer For The Coen Brothers' Hail Caesar! Arrives
Baird Whitlock has been kidnapped!
UK Teaser Trailer And Poster For Pride And Prejudice And Zombies
How to succeed in polite society...
Empire Podcast 182: Abi Morgan, Sarah Gavron And Robert Zemeckis
Walking The Walk and talking the talk
2016 Done In 60 Seconds Entries Are Open
You could be a star at the next Jameson Empire Awards
Pan Podcast Special
Joe Wright, Hugh Jackman, Rooney Mara and more
Ron Perlman Part Of Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them
And he may be a fantastic beast
First Promo And Poster For Paul Bettany's Shelter
Jennifer Connelly and Anthony Mackie live on the streets
Exclusive New Poster For Tangerine
'Tis the season to get even
Samara Weaving Will Be The Babysitter
In McG's coming-of-age horror
Horror Comic The Woods Heading To Television
Universal Cable Productions does deal with Boom!
More Movie News

UK Teaser Trailer And Poster For Pride And Prejudice And Zombies
How to succeed in polite society...
More Movie News

Charlie St. Cloud (2010)
Empire Star Rating
17 Again (2009)
Empire Star Rating
300 (2007)
Empire Star Rating
Igby Goes Down
Empire Star Rating
How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Burr Steers Making Young Caesar
Julius & Brutus, the early years

27 May 2010  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Deadline

submit to reddit

Ever wondered what Julius Caesar and Marcus Brutus were like as young men, long before one became ruler of Rome and met a nasty bloody end at the hands of the other? Writer Con Iggulden certainly did, and has turned that interest into a series of novels that chronicle their lives. Now the team behind 300 and director Burr Steers are adapting the first two books into a film.

Steers, better known for Igby Goes Down and 17 Again (and who has just worked for a second time with Zac Efron on Charlie St Cloud), is branching out into epic historical filmmaking for Emperor: Young Caesar, which will adapt The Gates Of Rome and The Field Of Swords.

The books follow Caesar and Brutus as they grow up together to become Roman soldiers. If the first movie is a success, the plan is to forge a trilogy from the four books, with The God Of War and The Death Of Kings waiting in the wings. Together, the stories chart how a deep friendship sours over time into political rivalry and tragedy

Jarhead’s William Broyles and Stephen Harrigan, who has some experience with Roman stories after writing a Cleopatra TV movie back in 1999, are the men tasked with getting the script into shape for producers Gianni Nunnari and Mark Canton.

"I've always had an interest in Julius Caesar and his formative years and am thrilled to have the opportunity to be part of this project," Steers told Deadline. "There has never been a film that focuses on Caesar as a young man, and Conn Iggulden, Bill Broyles and Stephen Harrigan have a completely fresh, timely, and exciting take on one of the greatest historical figures of all time.”

It’s not known at this time whether the final film will include the lines “infamy, infamy… they’ve all got it in for me,”, which, thanks to Carry On Cleo are now forever linked in our mind with the big JC.

Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Greene's Fallen Idol Rises Again
New version will be set in India
Todd Field Accepts The Creed Of Violence
Update: He's got the funds to make it

Your Comments

Elysium Pie anyone?
yes im here all week.. More

Posted by reinhardt76 at 21:20 on 27 May 2010 | Report This Post

Sounds good.
Igguldens books are great and if they can translate to film I will be first in line.If this works maybe they can do his Genghis Kahn books. More

Posted by EVIL BSTD at 20:23 on 27 May 2010 | Report This Post

Sounds good but....
It seems this directors muse is Zac Efron.......he'll be playing Cesar - mark my words! More

Posted by lukeyboy at 12:15 on 27 May 2010 | Report This Post

As long as they don't call it "Young Ceasar", it'll be fine... More

Posted by supermaddy at 11:25 on 27 May 2010 | Report This Post

Excellent. I can't get enough of Roman films. More

Posted by Timon at 08:36 on 27 May 2010 | Report This Post

Empire's Best Horror Films For Halloween
An unlucky thirteen triple-bills

Emily Blunt Talks Sicario
On the five-star thriller, puke acting and taking Tom Cruise to The Box

Denis Villeneuve Talks Sicario
On his cartel thriller and the upcoming Blade Runner sequel

Tomorrowland: The Viewing Guide
Brad Bird talks through his sci-fi adventure, scene by scene

Empire Meets Ridley Scott
The great director on The Martian, Blade Runner 2 and the Prometheus sequels

Life On Mars: Trips To The Red Planet
A dozen of cinema's Martian misadventures

10 Star Wars: The Force Awakens Toys You’ll Want To Own
Falcon quad copter? BB-8 Sphero? We’re already asking for pay raises…

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Empire print magazine

Delivered to your door – with exclusive subscriber only covers each month! Save money today and

Subscribe now!

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Empire digital magazine

Exclusive and enhanced content – get instant access via your iPad or Android device! Save money today and

Subscribe now!

Subscribe now and save up to 63%
Print, Digital & Package options available Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire Digital Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  Digital Edition  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)