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Vox Audita Perrit, Literra Scripta Manet....
The heard word is lost, the written letter remains...
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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moony_girl13 From: moony_girl13 Date: September 6th, 2007 06:02 am (UTC) (Link)
It's like remaking Brideshead Revisited.

Oh man, did you see the posters for that one? WHERE IS THE 1920's VIBE?!
normandie_m From: normandie_m Date: September 6th, 2007 08:33 am (UTC) (Link)
I KNOW. It looks like a photoshoot for Tommy Hilfiger. :(

Apparently the focus is going to mainly be on the Charles/Julia relationship. That strikes me as so completely wrong, since the story is equally (if not more) about Charles and Sebastian's friendship.

I could rant forever on this, but I won't. Though let me say that I do think that the film's just going to gloss over so much stuff that made the book such an entertaining and rewarding read. I definitely won't see it, no matter how awesome Emma Thompson, Michael Gambon, Greta Scacchi, etc are.
From: lillibetpip Date: September 6th, 2007 09:24 am (UTC) (Link)
That does not sound very promising does it? In fact, it could go very wrong, very easily. We shall just have to say Goodbye to All that ;-)
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