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Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Paul W.S. Anderson Steps Into Big Budget Disaster Movie POMPEII

Right off the top I will tell you that we do not know for sure whether Constantin Film's POMPEII is in stereoscopic 3D or not, but I would certainly wager that it is given that Paul W.S Anderson has attached himself to direct it. Anderson of course brought us RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE as well as the upcoming THE THREE MUSKETEERS in 3D (same team of companies in fact).

Summit Entertainment has jumped on board for US distribution. Summit International will peddle the property at Cannes.

From THR: Set in late summer 79 A.D., Pompeii revolves around the slave of a shipping tycoon who dreams of the day he can buy his freedom and marry his master's daughter. What the slave doesn't know is that she's already been promised to a corrupt Roman senator, while he's been sold to another owner. Just when things can't get any worse, Mt. Vesuvius erupts with the power of 40 nuclear bombs. But the slave is trapped on a ship headed for Naples, separated from his love and best friend, a gladiator who is trapped in the city's coliseum. As fire and ash destroy the only world he's ever known, the slave is determined to get back and rescue them.

The Lee Batchler / Janet Scott Batchler scripted movie is said to start shooting in spring 2012.

I like this turn of events actually. THE THREE MUSKETEERS looks like solid entertainment and gloriously shot. If Anderson can capture the feeling of living back in 79 A.D. and throw in massive volcano / lava special effects, we could have great experience in the theater.

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