Who wants to see an overly CGI’ed version of a volcano erupting while people in gaudy non-historically accurate togas are covered in ash? If you raised your hand, you should know you’re reading the internet so no one can see you, but it’s probably also a good sign that you’ll love Paul W.S. Anderson‘s next project.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Anderson is set for Pompeii, a retelling of the infamous disaster of 79AD where Mount Vesuvius destroyed two coastal villages, tragically preserving them for archeologists. Game of Thrones co-star Kit Harington will play the lead (a slave trying to save his true love and best friend) in what’s being described as a Titantic-like take on the event, injecting a romantic plot into a story ultimately about mass death.
Of course, Anderson is no James Cameron. Still, the idea of making a movie about young love blooming in the face of an ending we will all see coming is an interesting one, and it might come as a great shock to high school movie-goers who haven’t taken that history class yet. It’s just a shame that Anderson is the one at the wheel here. How long until we know which role Milla Jovovich will take?