ROME: The Movie?

The premature cancelling of HBO/BBC's Rome, has left it's creator Bruce Heller with the only option of trying to get a big movie adaptation into production to finish off the series which was a critical and commercial success for the two seasons it ran. The only problem was it cost too much money to make. It was a Hollywood production without the big screen box office returns and it was canned in 2006 despite it's hit ratings. Now, The Hollywood Reporter say they are planning to do what they should have done in the first place and making a big screen movie...

"There is talk of doing a movie version," he said. "It's moving along. It's not there until it is there. I would love to round that show off." "I discovered halfway through writing the second season the show was going to end," Heller said. "The second was going to end with 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, which accounts for the blazing speed we go through history near the end. There's certainly more than enough history to go around."
Despite the supposed killing of lead character Lucius (Kevin McKidd), Heller claims it was deliberate that you didn't see him on top of a funeral pyre and he is open to return. The trade suggest the movie adaptation could deal with a Rome's troubles with a certain Rabbi! Oh Jesus! Discuss: Were you a fan of Rome? Would you go and see a big screen adaptation?
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Matt Holmes is the co-founder of What Culture, formerly known as Obsessed With Film. He has been blogging about pop culture and entertainment since 2006 and has written over 10,000 articles.