Pompeii Smoking, Eruption Soon

Things are getting hot on Roman Polanski’s $130 million historical epic “Pompeii” about the fall of the ancient city when nearby Mt. Vesuvius underwent a volcanic eruption.

Italy’s RAI Cinema has acquired all Italian rights, Spain’s Ciudad de la Luz studios will be used for most of the film’s production, and Pathe Distribution is in negotiations to take French rights reports Variety.

Set designer Allan Starski scouted the real Pompeii archeological site in Italy last month and pre-production is already underway.

90% of the shoot is expected to be done on Spanish soundstages, backlots and locations. A projected August start has been set for the five-month shoot.