The destruction of Pompeii in 79AD is an event that’s lived long in the public consciousness, largely due to the ruins left behind and the casts of those caught in the devastation. However while most know there was a Volcano, not that many know more than that.
Paul WS Anderson (Resident Evil, The Three Musketeers) is planning to change that, as he’s putting together Pompeii, all about the disaster. Kit Harington (Game Of Thrones) is already set to star, and now Dark Horizons reports he’ll be joined by Sucker Punch actress Emily Browning.
Pompeii revolves around the slave of a shipping tycoon (Harington) who dreams of the day he can buy his freedom and marry his master’s daughter (Browning). 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.
Lee Batchler, Janet Scott Batchler and Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes penned the script. It’s not clear when it will shoot.