Spartacus to be made as a Hollywood film again!

And no, it’s not a film of my book, worse luck. But with the help of the gods, I can hang onto its slipstream with the release of my books next year. Read about it here. Not heard of the director. Here’s hoping he does an incredible job. It’s nice to read that he’s planning on a more factual approach than Kubrick. Although his wa a great film, it played fast and loose with what we know of the man. Nothing to do with the famous ‘I’m Spartacus!’ scene of course!

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  1. John Salter
    Posted 22 July 2011 at 08:49 | Permalink

    That looks great Ben, especially as its going to be based on fact. Hopefully there will be more of this genre, perhaps Centurion and The Eagle did the groundwork! I can’t believe that the two authors Hannah and I were looking forward to chatting with at Kelmarsh were within reach but we didn’t get to talk never mind that beer. Next time maybe? I may even buy Parm one as well!

    Have you got any idea how many attended Kelmarsh? I was surprised especially considering the weather. Now we’ve been once and know a bit more, it will be a full weekend event for us next year!

  2. Posted 22 July 2011 at 11:37 | Permalink

    This sounds great… all except “Gordon also wrote on and received “story by” credit on Paramount’s “G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra.”” that was one hell of an awful film, so if thats the best he can do im a little concerned!
    depends on the actors and script i suppose??
    All good advertising for Roman books and especially your series.

  3. annis
    Posted 23 July 2011 at 07:08 | Permalink

    I watched the old “Spartacus” movie not long ago – even though it’s still a classic, the pace is pretty glacial for today’s tastes and it’s unintentionally funny in places- like the scene where a slimy Laurence Olivier tries a spot of seduction on horrified Tony Curtis :). (Though I suspect Olivier was enjoying hamming it up) There seems to be a bit of Spartacus synchronicity happening here- your book, Simon Scarrow’s teenage novel” Gladiator” featuring Spartacus’ son, and now a new movie version! What are the chances of a forthcoming Hannibal movie suddenly popping up?

  4. benkane
    Posted 24 July 2011 at 19:25 | Permalink

    @John: apologies, been away on hols after Kelmarsh. It is a shame that we didn’t get to have that beer, yes. Next year, definitely! And Parmenion too. No idea how many attended, I must ask the EH staff I know how they felt it went. Fingers crossed that it went well, as EH is suffering huge cuts at the moment…

  5. benkane
    Posted 24 July 2011 at 19:25 | Permalink

    @Parmenion: Hmmm. I didn’t know that. Let’s hope for the best then! I too think it will be good advertising for all us Roman authors.

  6. benkane
    Posted 24 July 2011 at 19:27 | Permalink

    @Annis: I haven’t seen the film in full since I was about ten. I deliberately haven’t watched it while writing book one, and not sure I will even after I’ve finished the second. I know that it hardly covers any of the battles, which for me is a real turn off. No ideas on the Hannibal films, but I do know that Vin Diesel has been trying to raise the capital for one for about three years. Thankfully, he’s failed so far. 😉

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