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F. Gary Gray To Direct Julius
Modern retelling of Julius Caesar story

19 August 2008  |  Written by Chris Hewitt  |  Source: Variety

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Another day, another movie based on a graphic novel.

This time, it’s the turn of Oni Press’ Julius, a modern retelling of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, in which a London gangster is lauded by the public while his generals plot against him.

F. Gary Gray – a solid genre filmmaker who has registered with films like The Italian Job and The Negotiator – will make this his first film since the 2005 misfire, Be Cool. Mandalay Pictures will sign the big cheques.

We’re not familiar with the comic book – written by Antony Johnston and drawn by Brett Weldele – but this sounds like it has potential. Caesar’s story is a classic one and we can easily see how it could be transplanted to the modern era. And, while we love comic book movies, it’s always nice to see one that doesn’t revolve around capes and spandex.

What are your thoughts, readers?

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Wha'chu talkin' 'bout Willis?
That's F Gary Gray? For a second there I thought it was Gary Coleman. More

Posted by Glass3005 at 12:34 on 19 August 2008 | Report This Post

Caesar you caaaaaant !!
Hopefully will be set in another city though. The last thing we need is another Laaaaaandan gangster flick. More

Posted by Severen at 12:30 on 19 August 2008 | Report This Post

So now The Italian Job and The Negotiator are seen as positive marks on the CV, but Be Cool is a 'misfire'. That's interesting because I'm sure they all got the same star rating when Empire reviewed them. Fickle as ever, eh Empire? More

Posted by spacemonkey95 at 11:43 on 19 August 2008 | Report This Post

Julius Caesar was a real person though, not just a Shakespeare play ripe for modern updates. More

Posted by doctorolorinbats1975 at 10:07 on 19 August 2008 | Report This Post

Could be alright, could be shite. I'm not excessively optimistic. More

Posted by Manfrendshensindshen at 09:48 on 19 August 2008 | Report This Post

"Cesar''s story is a classic one" Classical, in fact. More

Posted by mrpage at 08:38 on 19 August 2008 | Report This Post


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