300 Producers Developing Caesar Trilogy

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According to Deadline, Gianni Nunnari and Mark Canton, the men behind 300, are producing a new historical drama based on Conn Iggulden’s Emperor series of books. If the film does well, it’s likely that it will be the first in a trilogy. Nunnari and Canton are currently working on Tarsem Singh’s The Immortals, which will see Greek warrior Theseus fighting against Titans.

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Ridley Scott isn’t the only man in Hollywood making a Robin Hood movie. Warner Bros is also developing a film based on the classic tale, but with a sci-fi twist. Danish commercial director Nicolai Fuglsig pitched the project, and has signed on to direct. Newcomer Jason Dean Hall, who wrote the Ashton Kutcher Sundance comedy Spread and is working on a big screen adaptation of the video game Blacklight for Fox, has been hired to write the screenplay. Charles Roven (The Dark Knight) and Gianni Nunnari (300, The Departed) are producing the adaptation.

According to RiskyBiz, the story will “be set in a dystopian London and center on a band of thieves whose activities restore hope to the city’s embattled population.” The producers describe it as “a futuristic action adventure” that will be “both inspired by and pay homage to the legend of Robin Hood.” The concept sounds like it has a lot of potential (but then again, they really didn’t tell us a heck of a lot). Fuglsig has directed a couple of commercials I’ve admired over the past few years, including one of my favorite commercials of all time. Check out some of his selected work in our commercial director spotlight.

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Robert Downey Jr and Reese Witherspoon are in talks to star in Warner Bros’ The Days Before and Timur Bekmambetov is in negotiations to direct, according to Production Weekly.

Produced by 300 producer Gianni Nunnari, the sci-fi action spec script was written by Chad St. John (who previously worked on the unproduced script The Further Adventures of Doc Holiday for Bruce Willis). Days Before tells the story of a race of aliens who invade Earth by traveling backwards through time and wiping out humanity, one day at a time, yesterday by yesterday. One man attempts to stay “a yesterday ahead of them”, and every time he must try to convince the world that “the end is coming”, again.

Sounds like a promising sci-fi concept, and if Downey Jr is in fact involved, I’m in. Bekmambetov is an extremely visual director, notable for the Night Watch series and most recently the American comic book adaptation Wanted.

Warner Bros Options Frank Miller’s Ronin

RoninWarner Bros has officially optioned the rights to Frank Miller’s graphic novel Ronin, just as we expected. The live action feature film adaptation will be directed by Stomp the Yard (yawn) director Sylvain White.

A rōnin (浪人, rōnin?) was a masterless samurai during the feudal period (1185–1868) of Japan. Frank Miller’s six-issue mini-series shows some of the strongest influences of manga on Miller’s style, both in the artwork and narrative style.

The story takes place in a post-apocalpytic New York City populated by mutants and impoverished squatters. Billy Challas was born limbless due to a birth defect. A “biocircuitry” company called the Aquarius Complex has enabled him to  become a cyborg ronin. His quest it is to defeat a demon called Agat, and to find the powerful mystic sword which will allow him to do so.

The Fountain director Darren Aronofsky was originally attached to the project at New Line Cinema in 1998. Earlier this year, 300 producer Gianni Nunnari, announced that he would bring the project to the big screen.

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“The Ronin comic book has less of a strong identifiable status than “300″. It’s a different visual approach which is more based on the production design, more than the way it is shot. The world is so dense and so different and dark and intracit. It’s going to be a lot of work but I’m really looking forward to it,” Director Sylvain White previously told BlackFilm. “The idea will be to stay close to the graphic novel. Ronin is very dense and very long so of course we are going to have to streamline the story to fit it within a movie time frame.”

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