Rome: The Movie?
Dec. 1, 2008
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?