Warner Bros. is coming to remake Caesar, not to praise him. Though they’ll probably get around to that, too. The studio has acquired a pitch for the historical epic from Jonathan Liebesman and newcomer Chris Boal. Warner Bros’ film may end up dueling a similar Caesar project Emperor: Young Caesar, set to be directed by Burr Steers (Charlie St. Cloud) and written by William Broyles (Cast Away).
Boal’s script will focus on the life of a younger Caesar, following his ascent to power and ending with his coronation. The infamous Cleopatra romance and threat of assassination would presumably make a hook for the sequel.
Liebesman is fresh off of filming the (barely) classically themed Clash Of The Titans 2, which stars Sam Worthington and Liam Neeson. He also directed Battle Los Angeles, an alien invasion flick that came out earlier this year to mixed reviews. Chris Boal recently wrote the similarly-themed play 23 Knives, about the autopsy of Caesar after his assassination. Boal is also the brother of Mark Boal, who won an Oscar for his Hurt Locker script last year.
Will the film come out, be watched, and conquer? Will the box office returns render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s? Will I continue making lousy jokes like this until the film comes out? No one knows the answer, yet. Except for that last question. The answer is yes.