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Rome: The Movie?

Dec. 1, 2008by:

HBO hoped to have a huge hit on their hands when they launched the big-budget drama series "Rome" with a time slot directly after "The Sopranos." While the drama, co-produced with the BBC, had decent ratings and wound up with 11 Emmys in two years, it was also insanely expensive and "Rome" was canceled after two years. But that might not be the end of the show that HBO executives later claimed they prematurely gave up on. "Rome" creator Bruno Heller, now working on the CBS hit "The Mentalist," says he's working on a theatrical version of the show and is in talks to bring it to the screen. While he wasn't specific on who he was in talks with (hopefully not just the voices in his head), it would likely be set up at HBO's sister studio Warner Bros. What might also prove difficult for Heller and anyone who attempts a "Rome" movie is getting the cast, which includes Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson and Polly Walker, to find the time in their schedules to return. While it all sounds like a decent idea, a better idea would really have been to keep "Rome" on the air instead of trying to condense the history of the show to two hours. What do you think? Would you be interested in a ROME movie?

Extra Tidbit: Polly Walker is hot.
Source: THR

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12:20AM on 12/02/2008
i am kind of stoked about this idea. i have no idea what i could possibly be about, but i effin loved Rome and wouldnt mind seeing a movie.
i am kind of stoked about this idea. i have no idea what i could possibly be about, but i effin loved Rome and wouldnt mind seeing a movie.
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11:21PM on 12/01/2008
nice. they can release this with the deadwood and sopranos movies and make it a fuckin hbo trilogy
nice. they can release this with the deadwood and sopranos movies and make it a fuckin hbo trilogy
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7:51PM on 12/01/2008

No!

I didn't watch the series, and I don't want them to make a Rome movie. For the sole reason that I am trying to get my potential ancient Rome movies off the ground! Even a little competition could kill it as I am a no name... Fuck...
I didn't watch the series, and I don't want them to make a Rome movie. For the sole reason that I am trying to get my potential ancient Rome movies off the ground! Even a little competition could kill it as I am a no name... Fuck...
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4:30PM on 12/01/2008
Blah wake me up when they do a Sorpanos movie or hell even an Oz film..2 of the best ever on HBO
Blah wake me up when they do a Sorpanos movie or hell even an Oz film..2 of the best ever on HBO
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4:28PM on 12/01/2008

What they're going to do

With the rating then? With so much male frontal nudity (remember the second season when female nudity was minimized to just breasts and penises were flying around) they will get NC-17. It's going to be cut to R version and many will wait for DVD.
TV series was exploitation rather than serious drama. That's one of the reasons to contunie (with Tinto Brass directing sex scenes!)
With the rating then? With so much male frontal nudity (remember the second season when female nudity was minimized to just breasts and penises were flying around) they will get NC-17. It's going to be cut to R version and many will wait for DVD.
TV series was exploitation rather than serious drama. That's one of the reasons to contunie (with Tinto Brass directing sex scenes!)
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3:42PM on 12/01/2008
well, there's another 500 years of material they have at their disposal. a lot of shit went down in that time, providing endless stories to tell. you don't necessarily need to have Pulo or the others there. they wrapped up their stories nicely, i thought - especially Pulo's. a new cast every couple of seasons would be kind of a cool idea.

i'd like to see how they handle Nero's reign, or even Constantine and the rise of the Christians. forget the movies, they need to bring back the series,
well, there's another 500 years of material they have at their disposal. a lot of shit went down in that time, providing endless stories to tell. you don't necessarily need to have Pulo or the others there. they wrapped up their stories nicely, i thought - especially Pulo's. a new cast every couple of seasons would be kind of a cool idea.

i'd like to see how they handle Nero's reign, or even Constantine and the rise of the Christians. forget the movies, they need to bring back the series, because it was better than pretty much anything they've got on now.
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3:02PM on 12/01/2008
Come on, guys. "Rome" was an epic show in theory, but in reality it was one claustrophobic interior scene with two or three people talking followed by another, followed by another, ad nauseum, all supposedly building up to giant, suspenseful wars that were never shown in a satisfying way onscreen. Even the gladiator battle that everyone talks about was underwhelming, with the sense that there were perhaps five or six people in the crowd, and that the weapons were made of tin foil. A lot of the
Come on, guys. "Rome" was an epic show in theory, but in reality it was one claustrophobic interior scene with two or three people talking followed by another, followed by another, ad nauseum, all supposedly building up to giant, suspenseful wars that were never shown in a satisfying way onscreen. Even the gladiator battle that everyone talks about was underwhelming, with the sense that there were perhaps five or six people in the crowd, and that the weapons were made of tin foil. A lot of the acting was great, and the women were sexy as hell, but the show was NOT as good as everyone makes it out to be. That said, it was worlds better than "Sex and the City", and if that POS gets a movie, "Rome" might as well get one too.
Now... "Deadwood". THAT was a masterpiece, stupidly and infuriatingly canceled one season before the end of its storyline. The writing, acting, and production values of that show were the best on television, except for maybe "The Shield".
It BOGGLES THE MIND that "Sex and the City" lasted as long as it did AND got a movie (with another on the way??) and that "Deadwood" got the boot. It speaks to the same sort of general mentality that the Associated Press is now demonstrating by restricting entertainment journalism to stories of celebrity gossip. We've become incapable of absorbing anything real, and between this crap and the commercials before (and during) movies, and the text messaging in the theaters, and the popularity of TMZ, and checkstand culture, Oprah's book club, the people who hate the ending of "No Country For Old Men," or think "Assassination of Jesse James" is boring, or won't give the time of day to a genuinely great film like "Paper Moon"... sorry, I didn't mean for this to become a rant, but sometimes I get going...

I guess my point is basically this: fuck "Sex and the City".
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1:51PM on 12/01/2008
I really loved that show. Terrific production values and cast, and two years in which to let the historical and fictional events unfold. I don't know if they pulled out prematurely or not, since I can't speak for what new adventures of Titus Pullo we might see, considering much of the more famous and infamous stuff that happened in that era of Roman history was covered pretty well. Bringing back Lucius Vorenus might be even more tricky, though, and those two characters were the heart and soul
I really loved that show. Terrific production values and cast, and two years in which to let the historical and fictional events unfold. I don't know if they pulled out prematurely or not, since I can't speak for what new adventures of Titus Pullo we might see, considering much of the more famous and infamous stuff that happened in that era of Roman history was covered pretty well. Bringing back Lucius Vorenus might be even more tricky, though, and those two characters were the heart and soul of that show.

Maybe make a prequel, or cover events that occurred between two episodes (which themselves often covered years). At least the show is recognized for how great it really was.
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11:56AM on 12/01/2008

Nice

Rome was a fantastic show, shame they cut it as early as they did, resulting in the incredibly rushed second season. Sounds like if it had lasted a few more seasons it would have been amazing with all the plans Heller had in mind. This quote in particular made me really frustrated that the show was cancelled so soon.

""I discovered halfway through writing the second season the show was going to end," Heller said. "The second was going to end with death of Brutus. Third and fourth season
Rome was a fantastic show, shame they cut it as early as they did, resulting in the incredibly rushed second season. Sounds like if it had lasted a few more seasons it would have been amazing with all the plans Heller had in mind. This quote in particular made me really frustrated that the show was cancelled so soon.

""I discovered halfway through writing the second season the show was going to end," Heller said. "The second was going to end with death of Brutus. Third and fourth season would be set in Egypt. Fifth was going to be the rise of the messiah in Palestine. But because we got the heads-up that the second season would be it, I telescoped the third and fourth season into the second one, which accounts for the blazing speed we go through history near the end. There's certainly more than enough history to go around." "
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11:56AM on 12/01/2008
Rome is one of my favorite show's of all time, flat out. However it seems difficult or even impossible to do a film. I mean what the fuck would it be about? Pullo and his son during the later years of Octavian's rule? How can you have a story when most of the best characters are dead or have nothing new to throw into the mix of history and crazy drama?
Rome is one of my favorite show's of all time, flat out. However it seems difficult or even impossible to do a film. I mean what the fuck would it be about? Pullo and his son during the later years of Octavian's rule? How can you have a story when most of the best characters are dead or have nothing new to throw into the mix of history and crazy drama?
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11:48AM on 12/01/2008
I loved the first season, but the second season was so rushed, it was hard to follow the characters. I mknow it was historic, but with the liberties they were taking, it just got exhausting. And hell with McKidd, bring back Stevenson as Titus Pullo and you are set.
I loved the first season, but the second season was so rushed, it was hard to follow the characters. I mknow it was historic, but with the liberties they were taking, it just got exhausting. And hell with McKidd, bring back Stevenson as Titus Pullo and you are set.
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10:41AM on 12/01/2008
13!!!
13!!!
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9:58AM on 12/01/2008

It did have its big moments

I would be interested to see how it transitions to the big screen given their focus on, well, other big things.
I would be interested to see how it transitions to the big screen given their focus on, well, other big things.
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