Everyone loves a tale romance that overcomes all odds and more so when the audience knows that the romance is doomed well before the characters do. Is Pompeii going to be the Titanic of 2014?
Pompeii: Like Titanic
but with volcanoes.
Trailer and photos
Having brought many of the world’s much loved action video games to life in film form (Mortal Combat and Resident Evil), delivered future plotted fear with Event Horizon and taken on some of cinema histories most loved alien enemies, director/producer Paul W.S. Anderson now takes on the story of Pompeii and the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, unearthing a history that was buried under 20 feet of ash and turning it into an epic love story to overcome all odds.
Although having made a name for himself with the sci-fi action flicks, it seems that his most recent departure into Italy’s historical and tragic past might just give him his biggest hit to date.
Though clearly worlds apart, the trailer stirs up a nostalgic sense of the kind of doomed romance that we last saw played out on this scale in James Cameron’s ridiculously successful Titanic (1997). Starring Game of Thrones’ Kit Harington and Sucker Punch’s Emily Browning as the fated lovers, it follows the story of a slave heading for Naples in order to return home and save the woman he loves and also his best friend, who happens to be a gladiator. From what exactly does he intend on saving them from? Mt. Vesuvius, of course… and everyone loves a good volcano film.
Set in the late Summer of 79 A.D., ship slave Milo returns to the city of Pompeii in order to marry his true love Columba, whose father has promised her hand in marriage a hated Roman Senator in order to pay off his debts. At the same time, Milo learns that his gladiator friend Nigellus is to compete in a seemingly ill-fated battle in the Coliseum and, just as Milo busies himself trying to find a way to save his friend Mt. Vesuvius explodes and all hell breaks loose.
Directed from a script by Lee Batchler, Janet Scott Batchler (Batman Forever), and Sir Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey and Gosford Park), Pompeii will be released in February 2014 and is going to be the doomed romance of 2014, and one of the most anticipated historical disaster come romance films we’ve been treated to in a long time.
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