Lionsgate Developing Julius Caesar Adventure “Emperor” Based On Conn Iggulden Novels



’s , the responsible for Twilight and Divergent, is developing a new spin on the next great hero. EMPEROR, based on the book series by , centers on the rise of a young Julius Caeser and his friend-turned eventual assassinator Marcus Brutus.

The Game of Thrones-esque picture was by , , , and . Summit is producing with , with White Horse’s producing and executive producing. Also producing is , ’s , and . Broyles will also executive produce, along with .

Emperor will specifically follow Caesar and Brutus’ journey from boyhood pals to warriors with powerful political ambitions, presenting a credible threat to the establishment. The film is intended to kick-start a film trilogy, with the opening installment taking from Iggulden’s first two The Gates of Rome and The Field of Swords.

The is fully behind the project and are on a priority search for a director to helm their sweeping vision for this budding new franchise. Regarding the project, Motion Picture Group co-chairs Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger stated, “We’re looking forward to working with an incredible creative team on Emperor, a great property based on a unique and compelling series of .


They continued, “A fresh and inventive coming-of-age about the young Julius Caesar and Brutus set amidst the drama, intrigue and passions of ancient Rome, we believe that Emperor will be a big, crowd-pleasing motion picture event for global audiences. It marks an exciting addition to a slate already loaded with franchises, potential franchises and other star-driven tentpole films.”

Canton and Nunnari, who worked together on the historical fiction epic 300, regarded: “Combining the sweep of 300 with the intrigue of Game of Thrones, this is the part of the 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.”


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This news was first reported by Deadline.


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