Big-budget filmmaker Roland Emmerich has been set as executive producer of the period action TV series “Those About to Die” which is set in the brutal world of the Roman gladiators.
Emmerich attended a press conference this week hosted by Chinese production and talent company Er Dong Pictures who are spearheading the show which is based on a 1953 novel of the same title.
The aim is to explore “a side of Rome never before told – the dirty business of entertaining the masses, giving the mob what they want most … blood and sport.”
Veteran producer Gianni Nunnari (“The Departed,” “300”) and Harald Kloser (“Independence Day: Resurgence”) have also signed on as producers of the series which is being hatched by Centropolis Entertainment, Hollywood Gang Productions and Street Entertainment.
It’s unclear at this stage whether Emmerich may also direct on the series. Emmerich has the ensemble WW2 drama “Midway” opening in November and the $150 million sci-fi epic “Moonfall” currently in development.