Derek Jacobi plays Claudius, fourth Emperor of Rome
Leonardo DiCaprio may be starring in the upcoming big screen adaptaion of I Claudius. I can’t wait for this one. Read on:
Robert Graves’ epic historical novel I, Claudius — which was previously turned into an Emmy-winning 1976 BBC miniseries — will make the leap to the big-screen courtesy of producers Scott Rudin and Alison Owen, the duo behind the forthcoming film adaptation of The Other Boleyn Girl.
According to Variety, Leonardo DiCaprio is mulling the project and may become attached to star. William Monahan, who won an Oscar for the DiCaprio starrer The Departed, is expected to sign on to pen the screenplay adaptation, although neither he nor DiCaprio have inked deals yet.
The trade says that, while Rudin hasn’t yet set up I, Claudius at a studio, it will probably go to Disney since the producer already has a deal there. Several studios reportedly bid for the screen rights to the tome, with Rudin ultimately sealing a $2 million deal for them.
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