Acclaimed “Atonement” and “Pride and Prejudice” director Joe Wright may have lost out on a major upcoming gig in the wake of the flop of the big-budget fantasy “Pan” at the box-office.
The Wrap reports that Wright was in negotiations to direct the young Julius Caesar film and potential franchise launcher “Emperor” at Lionsgate, but talks quickly broke down after his “Pan” film flopped to the extent of a $150 million write-down for studio Warner Bros. Pictures.
Based on the first two books in Conn Iggulden’s series, the story follows the relationship between military leader Julius Caesar and Marcus Brutus, a great fighter who was Caesar’s best friend and eventual enemy.
One source tells the site that the studio is “going back to the drawing board” on the project. Wright’s reps call the report “categorically untrue,” Lionsgate has declined to comment, and one producer says that though there had been a meeting and calls – no deal was ever closed.