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Are You Ready To Enter The Arena?
Sci-fi film about a gladiatorial world

28 April 2008  |  Written by Chris Hewitt  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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Summit Entertainment have picked up the rights to Arena, an intriguing sci-fi pitch from first-time writers, Toby Wagstaff and Darren Howell.

The film revolves around a group of modern-day soldiers who are transported to a world where they are forced to enter a gladiatorial arena filled with warriors plucked from myriad historical eras and histories. Which sounds pretty cool – if potentially very big-budget – to us. Frankly, we’re surprised that more gladiatorial movies didn’t follow along in the wake of 2000’s Gladiator, and this one has a nice sci-fi twist to it.

But there is a danger, of course, that there’s little more to this than bustin’ heads and breakin’ limbs, but we’ll find out in due time.

The film will be produced by the writers’ manager, Jim Thompson, along with the increasingly prolific production company, Benderspink.

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A more interesting concept might be Riverworld (made a few years ago as a pilot on Sci fi) where people from all time periods wake up on the bank of a river after they die. there were a series of books y Phillip Jose Farmer which explored a broader theme than just an arena fight. More

Posted by bagrot1 at 20:08 on 28 April 2008 | Report This Post

Been there done that
Sci fi film and television as been inundated with this particular storyline. It is a staple of every sci-fi/fantasy show. From the original Star Trek, to Angel, From the original Battlestar Galactica to Buffy Throughout the movies it's been done (mostly as lame excuse of a martial art movie) most of them so bad the titles escape me. Expect a really duff videogame tie-in by a company wev'e never heardx of and after the game release probably never will again. More

Posted by Taz69 at 15:20 on 28 April 2008 | Report This Post

...again following on from my 200AD comment...
The best arena / duel story from 200AD was with Johnny Alpha and Wulf entering an arena competition as so many bountys they were after were taking part - some great fight / battles ensued and some great monsters / /aliens - when will we have a Johnny Alpha (Strontium Dogs) film ????? More

Posted by Blitzspeare at 15:02 on 28 April 2008 | Report This Post

This plot was originally in the 200AD comic
Man, I read this article and it brought back a one-off story in the 200AD comic from the 80's. It was about a modern soldier who passed out and woke up to find himself battling soldiers from different periods of history - Romans, Atilla Hun-like characters etc and at the end of the battles, the viewpoint pulled back and it was a futuristic game played by a dad and his son where the characters were fictional, or they were transported from the past or similar. Surely a copyright issue? Man 200A More

Posted by Blitzspeare at 15:00 on 28 April 2008 | Report This Post

Yeah... definetly was a film done like this.. and indeed it was entitled Arena... mmmmmm.... More

Posted by DougCarnage at 13:57 on 28 April 2008 | Report This Post

Wasn't there a film like this done before, called....er....Arena More

Posted by KennyM at 13:54 on 28 April 2008 | Report This Post

"A danger that there's littlem ore than bustin' heads and breakin' limbs"?
That does not sound like a danger to me, that sounds like the makings of a great film! More

Posted by jmace86 at 13:43 on 28 April 2008 | Report This Post

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