Summit Entertainment has closed multiple presales on Roman Polanski’s “Pompeii” after negotiating a co-production and financing deal with Constantin Film says The Hollywood Reporter.
The big-budget epic is an adaptation of Robert Harris’ best-selling novel set in the final days of the ancient Roman city before Mount Vesuvius erupted, covering it volcanic ash for centuries.
Casting is under way and Polanski is in preproduction on the feature and plans to begin principle photography late this year or in early 2008 in Alicante, Spain.
The deal will allow “Pompeii” to go ahead without a U.S. distribution deal in place. Worldwide theatrical release is planned for 2009.