ROME 2011?! Can It REALLY Be True?!

By Sheril Kirshenbaum | September 6, 2009 10:59 pm

I’ve just learned that ROME may continue on the big screen!

As I former Classics major, I can wax poetic over everything I love about my all-time favorite series (and everything wrong with films like Troy and Alexander). Looks like IMDb has slated the feature film for 2011 and it’s listed ‘in development‘ on writer Bruno Heller’s page. There’s also a facebook group and this interview with Kevin McKidd (Lucius Vorenus) talking about the possibility…

If true, I’ll be incredibly excited! Can any of our readers confirm?



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  1. Peter

    That would be exciting, although we lost some great characters at the end of last season.

    I’m curious to hear what you thought of Gladiator?

  2. @1 Peter,

    Gladiator was done well. The writers stayed true to a lot of the sport and spectacle as far as equipment and more (although I don’t believe the Romans were using those flaming fireballs depicted in the opening scene). Overall, a great film.

  3. kaz

    Kevin McKidd recently gave an update to fans which was posted at the Kevin McKidd Online forum ( that the movie is currently being written by Bruno Heller. Lucius Vorenus will be a part of it and they are hoping to shoot it next summer.

  4. Of couse it’s true! Bruno says so, Ray Stevenson (Titus Pullo) is signed on, and Kevin McKidd is attached. Bless the Bona Dea and sacrifice a couple of white doves. What more does a Rome fan need?


  5. tom

    Sheril Kirshenbaum:

    In Gladiator even the story is not far from what really happened in the roman empire… although they mixed the real stories from several Emperors. There was an Emperor who raped his own sister.
    There are rumors that Marcus Aurelius actually WAS killed by his son and originally wanted to place an adopted son as his successor in the throne like they 4 emperors before him did (He himself was adopted).
    Marcus Aurelius was also the one of those who fought at the northern borders against the Germans.
    Even the part of a roman emperor fighting in the circus maximus against slaves and other weakened oponents is a true story… though I do not remember if that was also Commodus, the son of Marcus Aurelius.

    greetings, tom

  6. @5 tom,

    Even the part of a roman emperor fighting in the circus maximus against slaves and other weakened oponents is a true story… though I do not remember if that was also Commodus, the son of Marcus Aurelius.

    It was Commodus and if I remember correctly, historical accounts reveal the events were staged and extremely cruel.

  7. MadScientist

    Nice artwork, but my brain was going “aaaaugh! the lighting is all wrong! Fake! Fake!” Then I took a second look and spotted even more problems with the scene.

  8. Jon

    You were a classics major? Cool.

  9. @9 Jon,

    Yes, classics and biology.

  10. Guy

    The series was centered around the lives of Titus Pullo and Lucius Vorenus. Lucius Vorenus dies at the end of the season II. If they include Kevin McKidd it would have to be a prequel to the series or flashbacks. I suppose they could just have him narrate but that seems unlikely.

    In any-case, it is something to look forward to seeing.

  11. Actually we only assume that he dies. Not only do we not see his death, Titus Pullo (perhaps intentionally) hesitates when telling Octavian that he “didn’t make it”. Characters have been brought back with much flimsier circumatnces! Can’t wait to see the Odd Couple bach together again!

  12. Nomad

    Vorenus lives! Both Bruno Heller and Kevin McKidd say so! Here’s proof of life:


  13. Pam

    Salve! Can’t wait! Rome is the best series I’ve ever seen – gritty, realistic, true to my impressions of what life in those areas of Rome might have been. (I was also a Classics major in college.)

  14. Ernesto

    Happy to see others enjoyed Rome as I have. Lately I’ve been watching Spartacus and wonder what people on the board think of it. Great to hear Rome is coming back. The more about Rome in true historical context the merrier!

  15. It is one of the greatest love stories I’ve seen on the screen. With all the sex and emotions rising and falling in this beautiful series, the strongest connection was between Titus and Lucius. What a strong bond to display between 2 alpha males! What performances! Leave it to HBO to compete with the movie houses. I bought the complete series and watch it often.


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About Sheril Kirshenbaum

Sheril Kirshenbaum is a research scientist with the Webber Energy Group at the University of Texas at Austin's Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy where she works on projects to enhance public understanding of energy issues as they relate to food, oceans, and culture. She is involved in conservation initiatives across levels of government, working to improve communication between scientists, policymakers, and the public. Sheril is the author of The Science of Kissing, which explores one of humanity's fondest pastimes. She also co-authored Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future with Chris Mooney, chosen by Library Journal as one of the Best Sci-Tech Books of 2009 and named by President Obama's science advisor John Holdren as his top recommended read. Sheril contributes to popular publications including Newsweek, The Washington Post, Discover Magazine, and The Nation, frequently covering topics that bridge science and society from climate change to genetically modified foods. Her writing is featured in the anthology The Best American Science Writing 2010. In 2006 Sheril served as a legislative Knauss science fellow on Capitol Hill with Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) where she was involved in energy, climate, and ocean policy. She also has experience working on pop radio and her work has been published in Science, Fisheries Bulletin, Oecologia, and Issues in Science and Technology. In 2007, she helped to found Science Debate; an initiative encouraging candidates to debate science research and innovation issues on the campaign trail. Previously, Sheril was a research associate at Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment and has served as a Fellow with the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History and as a Howard Hughes Research Fellow. She has contributed reports to The Nature Conservancy and provided assistance on international protected area projects. Sheril serves as a science advisor to NPR's Science Friday and its nonprofit partner, Science Friday Initiative. She also serves on the program committee for the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She speaks regularly around the country to audiences at universities, federal agencies, and museums and has been a guest on such programs as The Today Show and The Daily Rundown on MSNBC. Sheril is a graduate of Tufts University and holds two masters of science degrees in marine biology and marine policy from the University of Maine. She co-hosts The Intersection on Discover blogs with Chris Mooney and has contributed to DeSmogBlog, Talking Science, Wired Science and Seed. She was born in Suffern, New York and is also a musician. Sheril lives in Austin, Texas with her husband David Lowry. Interested in booking Sheril Kirshenbaum to speak at your next event? Contact Hachette Speakers Bureau 866.376.6591 For more information, visit her website or email Sheril at


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