Steph (normandie_m) wrote,

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Found this in cleolinda's linkspam

US, September 5, 2007 - Robert Graves' epic historical novel I, Claudius -- which was previously turned into an Emmy-winning 1976 BBC miniseries -- will make the leap to the big-screen courtesy of producers Scott Rudin and Alison Owen, the duo behind the forthcoming film adaptation of The Other Boleyn Girl.

According to Variety, Leonardo DiCaprio is mulling the project and may become attached to star. William Monahan, who won an Oscar for the DiCaprio starrer The Departed, is expected to sign on to pen the screenplay adaptation, although neither he nor DiCaprio have inked deals yet.

The trade says that, while Rudin hasn't yet set up I, Claudius at a studio, it will probably go to Disney since the producer already has a deal there. Several studios reportedly bid for the screen rights to the tome, with Rudin ultimately sealing a $2 million deal for them.

Variety reminds us that Graves' book recounts "the Roman Empire as told through the eyes of Claudius, starting with the rise of Augustus Caesar to emperor in 24 B.C., and ending with the crowning of Nero in 54 A.D. The book featured all the attendant backstabbing, violence and debauchery that was part and parcel of the Roman ruling class."

How do I best say this? Oh yes, DO NOT WANT. Especially on the Leo-as-Claudius. It's like remaking Brideshead Revisited. That is to say, completely and utterly pointless since the original was damn perfect.

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