Roman Polanski (“Rosemary’s Baby”, “The Pianist”) is set to helm his biggest project ever reports Variety.
Polanski will helm the $130 million dramatic thriller “Pompeii” which is set against the days preceeding and during the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius which swallowed the ancient Roman city.
Based on the bestseller of the same name by “Fatherland” novelist Robert Harris, the story follows a young engineer who has to repair an enormous aqueduct whose destruction threatens the Roman Empire.
The film takes place over three days and the final act is the volcanic eruption and the destruction of the aqueduct, which stretched 60 miles and served hundreds of thousands of people.
Despite the disaster movie tones, much of the appeal for Polanski lies in the book’s thriller aspects which are filled with political intrigue.
Harris himself is writing the script and financing will be done completely through independent means. Filming will begin in Italy this summer.