White Horse Pictures and Lionsgate are teaming to produce “Emperor,” the first film in a proposed trilogy adaptation of Conn Iggulden’s series of novels about a young Julius Caesar and his best friend Brutus.
William Broyles Jr., Stephen Harrigan, Burr Steers and Ian Mackenzie Jeffers are penning the script which will be based on the first two books in the series. Nigel Sinclair, Gianni Nunnari, Mark Canton and Matt Jackson will produce the project which is currently seeking a director. Nunnari says in an official statement:
“Combining the sweep of ‘300’ with the intrigue of ‘Game of Thrones,’ this is the part of the story of the mighty Julius Caesar that nobody knows – his emergence alongside Brutus as young powerhouses in Rome, a fresh and contemporary retelling of their rivalries, passions and jealousies, captured in a movie with breath-taking action, spectacular visual effects and epic scope.”
Born in 100 BC, Caesar’s younger years were mostly defined by his military service, and he didn’t move into politics until well into his thirties before ultimately becoming Dictator of the Roman Republic in 49 B.C. five years before his assassination.
This first film will deal with the boyhood bond between Julius and Marcus who grow into warriors who become politically ambitious and powerful enough to be regarded as threats. The books ultimately deal with Caesar’s political and romantic entanglements along with Octavius and Mark Antony’s revenge for Caesar’s death.
Executive producers are White Horse partner Guy East, William Broyles Jr., Tony To and Alex Brunner.