Hmmm… so the history and Game of Thrones nerd corners of my brain are happy about this, but the film nerd part… not so much. That’s because Pompeii is being directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, and The Hollywood Reporter says he’s “making a period adventure movie and taking a Titanic approach, anchoring it with a love story.” Oy.
Look, I’ll always have a soft spot for Anderson on account of the fact that he directed Mortal Kombat, and my love for that movie—if somewhat ironic—has not at all diminished over time. Mortal Kombat is my childhood. But that was in 1995, and since then Anderson has directed the Resident Evil movies (which admittedly I haven’t seen, but they don’t look good) and that awful Three Musketeers reboot from last year.
THR reports that Harington, a.k.a. Jon Snow, is “in negotiations” to star in the film, but it also treats his casting as practically official, so presumably it’s going to happen. He’ll play “a slave stuck on a ship who must race against time to save his true love, his master’s daughter, as well as his best friend, a gladiator trapped in the coliseum when the destruction begins.”
That… sounds Titanic-esque indeed. In a bad way. But maybe the film will be good? Maybe? Hopefully?
Hey, speaking of Pompeii, did you know that when the eruption of Vesuvius preserved the city it also preserved the hilariously lewd graffiti left by its citizens? Do yourself a favor and read some of it. Warning: NSFW language. The Roman Empire was a raunchy place. All my misgivings about this movie will be forgiven if “Floronius, privileged soldier of the 7th legion, was here. The women did not know of his presence. Only six women came to know, too few for such a stallion” is included as part of its set decoration. Make it happen, Anderson.
(via: The Hollywood Reporter)