Roland Emmerich, the director behind catastrophe motion pictures reminiscent of Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow, and Moonfall, is making a “gladiatorial epic” collection for NBCUniversal’s streaming service Peacock. The present, which will be titled Those About to Die, relies on the ebook of the identical title by Daniel Mannix (which, by the way, beforehand served because the inspiration for Ridley Scott’s Gladiator). The collection is ready to be written by Robert Rodat, whose earlier work consists of Saving Non-public Ryan.
These About to Die is the primary TV present created by Emmerich. Though he beforehand directed 2012 TV film Darkish Horse, the director’s profession has in any other case been targeted on the large display screen, with a filmography full of summer time blockbusters. It sounds just like the purpose is to protect these large display screen sensibilities regardless of the present being destined for streamers. Right here’s how Peacock’s announcement publish describes it:
These About to Die is a large-scale drama set throughout the spectacular, advanced, and corrupt world of gladiatorial sports activities in Historic Rome. The collection introduces an ensemble of various characters throughout the various layers of Roman society the place sports activities, politics, and enterprise intersect and collide.
And don’t fear, in addition to gladiatorial battles, These About to Die may even characteristic the spectacle of chariot racing, in line with NBCUniversal tv and streaming’s president of scripted content material Lisa Katz. Deadline reports that the funds for the collection sits at round $140 million and that manufacturing is because of kick off early subsequent yr in Italy.