Peacock Commissions Gladiator Drama From Roland Emmerich!

Peacock secured a straight-to-series order for a gladiator drama helmed by Independence Day director Roland Emmerich on Tuesday.

The show is characterized as “a large-scale drama set within the magnificent, complex, and corrupt world of gladiatorial sports in Ancient Rome.”

It is based on author Daniel Mannix’s book of the same name. The series introduces a wide cast of people from many echelons of Roman society where athletics, politics, and commerce interact and collide.”

Emmerich will direct and executive produce, and the showrunner will be Robert Rodat (Saving Private Ryan).

“The mighty Roman Empire has long captivated me,” Emmerich recalls, “particularly its gigantic games that enthralled the public through spectacle at the monumental Colosseum.”

“At its core, this is a sports epic populated by strong and diverse characters who explore roads to fame, falls from grace, and the need to belong to something bigger than oneself.”

Peacock Commissions Gladiator Drama From Roland Emmerich!

Sports were as exciting and massive in ancient times as they are today, and I’m excited to work with my partners, Peacock, High-End Productions, Hollywood Gang, and AGC Studios, to bring this rich world of blood, sweat, and tears to television.”

“Those About To Die reinvents Ancient Rome,” says Lisa Katz, head of scripted content at NBCUniversal Television and Streaming.

“While the series will be epic in scope and will have the spectacle of gladiators and chariot racing, it will also feature surprising characters set against palace intrigue and a dark criminal underworld.”

Harald Kloser, Gianni Nunnari, Oliver Berben, Herbert G. Kloiber, Martin Moszkowicz, Jonas Bauer, Stuart Ford, and Lourdes Diaz are also executive producers on the film.

AGC Studios is behind the project, which is being co-produced by Centropolis Entertainment, Hollywood Gang Productions, and Street Entertainment.

High-End Productions, founded by Herbert G. Kloiber and Constantin Film to produce premium European fiction series for the worldwide market, has secured European distribution rights and will co-finance the project with Peacock.

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Gladiator Epic Those About to Die Has Been Ordered for a Peacock Series

Peacock Entertainment has ordered a “big scale” version of Daniel Mannix’s Roman Gladiator historical tome Those About to Die for television. The project will be guided by two massive EPs.

Falling Skies creator Robert Rodat (whose film work includes Saving Private Ryan and The Patriot) will direct, with Stargate overlord Roland Emmerich (whose film work includes Moonfall, Independence Day, and The Day After Tomorrow) handling scripting duties.

According to Peacock’s logline, Those About to Die is “set amid the spectacular, intricate, and corrupt realm of gladiatorial activities in Ancient Rome.”

Peacock Commissions Gladiator Drama From Roland Emmerich!

“The series introduces a wide cast of people from many echelons of Roman society where athletics, politics, and commerce interact and collide.”

Those About to Die, according to Lisa Katz, president of scripted content at NBCUniversal, will take on “Ancient Rome in a completely new way,” adding, “While the series will be epic in scope and have the spectacle of gladiators and chariot racing, it also has unexpected characters amidst palace intrigue and a dark criminal underworld.”

“The mighty Roman Empire has long captivated me,” Emmerich continued, “, particularly its gigantic games that enthralled the public through spectacle at the monumental Colosseum.”

At its core, this is a sports epic populated by strong and diverse people who explore roads to fame, fall from grace, and the need to belong to something bigger than oneself.”

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