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Paul W.S. Anderson's 3D disaster movie Pompeii adds cast and gets a February 2014 release date

Apr. 10, 2013by: Alex Maidy

Paul W.S. Anderson is by no means a great director. In fact, I would put the director of MORTAL KOMBAT and the RESIDENT EVIL franchise closer to the likes of Uwe Boll. But, unlike Boll, Anderson somehow makes movies that do well at the box office. His track record has shown incredible consistency amongst not very good movies. With that in mind, Anderson's upcoming historical disaster movie POMPEII comes at me with low expectations which means it can only go up from here, right?

POMPEII will be released in 3D and The Wrap is confirming it will have a release date of February 28, 2014. Being less than a year away, casting is gaining momentum as Carrie-Ann Moss has joined the cast that already includes Kit Harrington, Jared Harris, Emily Browning, and Kiefer Sutherland. The plot, which is being touted as a romance and an action movie, will follow a gladiator (Harrington) who falls in love with a noblewoman (Browning) as the city is consumed by the eruption of the volcano, Mount Vesuvius.

FilmDistrict CEO Peter Schlessel had this to say about POMPEII:

POMPEII is the kind of big and bold film we all love to go to the movies to experience. We believe the films scope and story line will resonate well with U.S. moviegoers and we are pleased to once again team with Sony on bringing a film to theaters and beyond.

While Anderson may not be Ridley Scott or Roman Polanski, who had been working on their own film adaptation about Pompeii for years, this cast seems good enough to make the into a movie to keep an eye out for. But, there are five different people credited as screenwriters, so maybe we should be cautiously optimistic.

Extra Tidbit: Okay, I will admit that I am a fan of EVENT HORIZON. You get one pass, Anderson!
Source: The Wrap

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1:27PM on 04/12/2013
Granted, he's not a very good director. But Uwe Boll bad he's NOT !
MC is still the best video game adaptation and (whatever you like it or not) somehow 'created' the techno score over fighting scene syndrome.
SOLDIER is a great flick (AND some kind of Blade Runner sidequel).
And EVENT HORIZON is one of the best haunted house films of late
Granted, he's not a very good director. But Uwe Boll bad he's NOT !
MC is still the best video game adaptation and (whatever you like it or not) somehow 'created' the techno score over fighting scene syndrome.
SOLDIER is a great flick (AND some kind of Blade Runner sidequel).
And EVENT HORIZON is one of the best haunted house films of late
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1:28AM on 04/11/2013

who keeps paying this man

Yeah after the mortal combat flicks and the first resident evil this dude has turned out one terrible film after another why does Hollywood keep hiring this barn yard butcher ? I`d much rather see m night do another avatar film than to see this guy directing any more movies !
Yeah after the mortal combat flicks and the first resident evil this dude has turned out one terrible film after another why does Hollywood keep hiring this barn yard butcher ? I`d much rather see m night do another avatar film than to see this guy directing any more movies !
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12:35AM on 04/11/2013

I'm excited!

I am indeed a big fan of the Resident Evil movies (except this last one... what the hell was that?), and I can't wait to see what else Paul W.S. Anderson can make when he takes a break from Resident Evil.

So that's one reason I'm excited. It will be interesting to see him do something pretty different.

The other reason I'm excited, is because I am also a massive fan of Dante's Peak. Loved that movie to death, and have watched it countless times. Love it love it love it. Pompeii 3D
I am indeed a big fan of the Resident Evil movies (except this last one... what the hell was that?), and I can't wait to see what else Paul W.S. Anderson can make when he takes a break from Resident Evil.

So that's one reason I'm excited. It will be interesting to see him do something pretty different.

The other reason I'm excited, is because I am also a massive fan of Dante's Peak. Loved that movie to death, and have watched it countless times. Love it love it love it. Pompeii 3D could be an excellent return to the Dante's Peak sort of movie. A 3D Dante's Peak... Yes please! :D

I'll give this one a chance, for sure. I love the history of Pompeii as well, but I won't expect Mr. Anderson to delve too deeply into that. :)
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7:14PM on 04/10/2013
I think he's a decent director. He's just a terrible writer.
I think he's a decent director. He's just a terrible writer.
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5:49PM on 04/10/2013
Paul W. S. O. L. Anderson should work at McDonalds, 'cause he's real good at making cheeseburgers.
Paul W. S. O. L. Anderson should work at McDonalds, 'cause he's real good at making cheeseburgers.
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4:23PM on 04/10/2013
How's this guy still allowed to make movies? He's a notch above Uwe Boll.
How's this guy still allowed to make movies? He's a notch above Uwe Boll.
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4:17PM on 04/10/2013
Soooooo basically... Titanic in Ancient Rome?

Pass
Soooooo basically... Titanic in Ancient Rome?

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4:12PM on 04/10/2013
I actually laughed at the thumbnail for this article with a picture of Anderson looking into a viewfinder. Like his movies actually require artistic talent...
I actually laughed at the thumbnail for this article with a picture of Anderson looking into a viewfinder. Like his movies actually require artistic talent...
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3:45PM on 04/10/2013
No way this isnt't garbage. Shitty director, low level cast, random February release date, it all adds up to a bad action movie.
No way this isnt't garbage. Shitty director, low level cast, random February release date, it all adds up to a bad action movie.
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3:39PM on 04/10/2013
Wait... what?

How did this project change hands from Roman Polanski to this guy?
Wait... what?

How did this project change hands from Roman Polanski to this guy?
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1:33AM on 04/11/2013
Because monkeys have started a hostile takeover of Hollywood it`s the only way to explain movie 43 and his continued success (by success i mean avoiding the unemployment office)
Because monkeys have started a hostile takeover of Hollywood it`s the only way to explain movie 43 and his continued success (by success i mean avoiding the unemployment office)
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