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Heller Still Hoping For Rome: The Movie
Big-screen version of the BBC series?

01 December 2008  |  Written by Chris Hewitt  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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Rome, the HBO/BBC co-production that brought lavish production values, lashings of gore and steaming great big piles of rutting flesh to the tale of the rise and fall of the Roman Empire, was cancelled a couple of years ago, after just two acclaimed series.

But now creator Bruno Heller says that he hopes to wrap up the show, which ended rather abruptly by skipping through decades like a history teacher trying to beat the bell, properly. Which means a big-screen version. Perhaps with added Jesus.

To which we say: about bloody time.

"There is talk of doing a movie version," Heller told The Hollywood Reporter. "It's moving along. It's not there until it is there. I would love to round that show off."

It’s all very early days yet – no studio is yet attached. But Heller is currently hot property at the moment, as his new show, the wonderfully-named The Mentalist (conjures up Partridge images every time we write that), is just about the only new show in the States that hasn’t been cancelled or downsized or revamped in some way.

Then, of course, there’s the thorny issue of plotting, but divine intervention might be at hand. "I discovered halfway through writing the second season the show was going to end," added Heller. "The second was going to end with the death of Brutus. Third and fourth season would be set in Egypt. Fifth was going to be the rise of the messiah in Palestine.

“But because we got the heads-up that the second season would be it, I telescoped the third and fourth season into the second one. There's certainly more than enough history to go around."

It’s the mention of the Messiah that intrigues us. Could Jesus be introduced into the action? And what of the Rome regulars, most of whom now have lives and careers because of that show? We’re talking people like Kevin McKidd, so good as Lucius Vorenus, yet now ploughing a furrow in Grey’s Anatomy, or Ray Stevenson, mesmerising as Titus Pullo and now the new Punisher. Presumably they’d love to appear in a Rome movie (and, as Heller himself points out, McKidd’s Lucius didn’t die onscreen, so could come back perfectly legitimately), scheduling conflicts aside.

Given that the Rome sets were destroyed, a movie on a large scale would be a more realistic proposition than the Beeb and HBO commissioning a third series. So, do you think that this is a good idea? Vent your spleens below.

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RE: Rome.. The Movie... AWESOME!
Everyone's talking about Rome being cancelled.  And from what I've read, I don't think that is the case.   To book that set for six months, let alone 2 years was astronomical.  f New Yorkne over-budget in it's occupancy in the very same allotment before Rome came along.  Physically, it was a tenuous position to be in from the off.  I think the makers of ] knew themselves to be lucky to get a second shot at it and never tried too hard in their expectations to do a third. More

Posted by demoncleaner at 15:13 on 07 December 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Rome.. The Movie... AWESOME!
I loved this series so much, i was gutted to hear it was cancelled. I think it was just too expensive or something, because HBO don't usually cancel a show just because it doesn't get the ratings. More

Posted by somekindof_battery at 22:56 on 02 December 2008 | Report This Post

Rome.. The Movie... AWESOME!
This show was the best thing i had seen on TV in years especially on the BBC. I was waiting for and hoping that a 3rd season would be delivered but a movie would be the the greatest thing in the history of history. More

Posted by captainchaos1234 at 21:54 on 01 December 2008 | Report This Post

Yes Please!
Massive fan of Rome and couldn't believe that it finished with only two seasons, I was totally gripped throughout and when it finished there was still more to explain. Though I like The Mentalist and is doing well in American TV but come on, the ideas that Heller is planning sounds amazing. Why do they cancel the best shows and keep the real crap ones running? Don't get it but I hope and pray that this won't be pushed aside. More

Posted by joanna likes films at 18:51 on 01 December 2008 | Report This Post

the series - amazing the film? - absolutley gold More

Posted by the caped crusader at 17:47 on 01 December 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Heller Still Hoping For Rome: The Movie
The 2nd series could quite easily have been spead over two series (though 3 would have been pushing it, 2 series set in Eygpt?).   However I can't see how they could carry on from the point they left off with a movie. The story, the ascent of Augustus through the eyes of two ordinary soldiers, has been told. More

Posted by JagLover at 14:41 on 01 December 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Heller Still Hoping For Rome: The Movie
That is a fantastic prospect.  I loved Rome. I'm still also holding out hope for the mooted big screen I, Claudius.  William Monahan was working on that script.  Which would draw Scorcese's interest, which would therefore fold Di Caprio into the mix.  Can you imagine it, Marty doing a different type of Italian ganster movie? You could easily eek a trilogy out of the two books too!  I'm writing to ask Santa for this! More

Posted by demoncleaner at 13:23 on 01 December 2008 | Report This Post

Rome - The Movie- bring It On!
Sounds like a bloomin good idea to me. I loved both series and agree that the second seemed rushed. (I have both series on DVD) If the movie(s) are anything like the show I think that it could give Gladiator a run for its money. Personally I think both Pullo and Vorenus are much stronger characters than Crowes Maximus, However I bow to the fact that Crowe played him so well I could not see anyone beating THAT performance, add to the fact that he took that character to the stratosphere... well More

Posted by berniberni99 at 12:35 on 01 December 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Rome - The Movie
Hell yeah,   Although I would like to see Augustius, Atia and that mob as well I suppose it has been covered in the tv I, Cluadius and the proposed big screen adaptation that is being written.   No matter what they do with it more Rome is always welcome - a prequel with Ceaser and Anthony in Gaul with Pullo and Vorenus would be the bees knees. More

Posted by Rgirvan44 at 12:32 on 01 December 2008 | Report This Post

Rome - The Movie
I do hope this happens. The TV series was fantastic and it was a real shame that it was cancelled after two seasons. More

Posted by Dockster at 12:02 on 01 December 2008 | Report This Post

Vorenus and Pullo Do Jerusalem? Marvellous. Rome was unfortuately cut down in its prime, so i for one would love to see a film thought ideally, a new season would be better. More

Posted by Timon at 09:06 on 01 December 2008 | Report This Post

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