Boorman Planning Hadrian Biopic

British director John Boorman (“Excalibur,” “Deliverance”) has revived his previously canned $50-60 million biopic of the Roman Emperor Hadrian reports Variety.

Handmade Films and Olympus Films will finance and produce the the film based on Marguerite Yourcenar’s bestselling novel “Memoirs of Hadrian” about the ruler most famous in Britain for building the eponymous wall that separated England and Scotland.

Casting is underway for the lead role and Boorman is co-writing the script with Rospo Pallenberg. Shooting starts next spring in Morocco, Rome and Spain.