The first film in the planned trilogy based on Conn Iggulden’s four part series about the life of Julius Caesar will be directed by Burr Steers.
Emperor: Young Caesar is the title of the first installment. Steers directed Igby Goes Down and 17 Again. Let’s see if he can handle an epic.
The first film will cover the friendship between a young Julius Caesar and Marcus Junius Brutus who is depicted as a childhood friend. We’re talking some serious artistic license here. Caesar was fifteen years older than Brutus so unless he was baby sitting young Brutus there wouldn’t be much of a relationship. Brutus’s mother would later become Caesar’s mistress, but the two would never have been childhood friends since their childhoods were over a decade apart.
Iggulden’s Caesar novels are known for their historical inaccuracies so anyone reading the books has to look on them as pure entertainment and then go read some history to find out what really happened.
The truth is, however, so much better than fiction and while Iggulden’s novels are best sellers it would be nice to see a movie made about a figure of the stature of Julius Caesar that actually depicts the historical Caesar as opposed to a manufactured one.
via Dark Horizons