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Mount Vesuvius to Explode in TV Miniseries

by Brad Trechak, posted Apr 12th 2010 11:30AM
PompeiiBy my own reckoning, somewhere in the neighborhood of 10,000 various forms of media (books, television shows, movies) have been done about the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in ancient Pompeii, Italy. Whatever the count actually is, add one more to it because Ridley Scott will be producing a miniseries about the famous eruption for Sony Pictures Television and Germany's Tandem Communications.

The story is described by the people involved as a thriller love story set against the backdrop of a historical disaster. In other words, it's a thematic duplicate of the movie 'Titanic.' The miniseries will be based on the book 'Pompeii' by Robert Harris, which was originally intended to be developed into a film directed by Roman Polanski (who suddenly became unavailable due to his arrest).

When a major historical event has been covered in an episode of 'Doctor Who,' you know it's been overdone. Hopefully Ridley Scott and company can put a unique spin on the tale. Has anybody read the book? Do you think it could be made into a good miniseries?

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Suzie Dsouza

Mt. Vesuvius has been an alluring sight for me since the first time I landed at Naples Capodichino airport and caught a glimpse of it rising dramatically in the distance.
http://www.whatisguide.net/0214-famous-volcanoes.html

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June 17 2010 at 1:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mark

The book sucked. Just sayin'

April 13 2010 at 4:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
izikavazo

I looove the book. I highly recommend it. And it will make a great miniseries. It doesn't have a huge epic scale, which would be good on TV (and bad for a potential blockbuster).

April 13 2010 at 2:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
BC McKinney

There already was a fairly good miniseries made back in the genre's heyday, based on, of all things, Edward Bulwer-Lytton's 1834 novel "The Last Days of Pompeii". The miniseries is usually regarded as better than the book or any of the earlier movies based on it (including one starring Steve Reeves and directed by Sergio Leone!). But then, these days you're probably not going to get the likes of Laurence Olivier, Anthony Quayle, Nicholas Clay, Olivia Hussey, Franco Nero, Ernest Borgnine, Ned Beatty, and Lesley-Anne Down together for a project.

April 12 2010 at 11:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
khia213

I have read the book and I think it would make a good movie. Most of it deals with the lead up to the eruption and some of the politics at the time. It definitely has potential for an interesting movie.

April 12 2010 at 11:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Jimmy_MO

I have to agree. The book itself it quite good and is more about life in Pompeii at that time. It will be intersting to see how this translates to a mini-series, which really is the best format for this type of book.

April 12 2010 at 1:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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