Paul W.S. Anderson to direct disaster movie Pompeii

Gets all historical on us again

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Paul W.S. Anderson has signed on to direct an apocalyptic disaster movie entitled Pompeii.

That's 'disaster' as in the genre, not the end result. The Resident Evil guru presumably got the gig as a second choice to Roland Emmerich, the latter having stepped away from big budget end-of-worlders for the time being.

Anderson is currently finishing off another period drama in the form of The Three Musketeers, which is being unleashed on cinema-goers this October. He hopes to shoot Pompeii in spring 2012.

Set in 79 AD, Pompeii’s main focus is on the slave of a tycoon who dreams of buying his freedom and marrying his master’s daughter.

Amid that ground level drama, Mount Vesuvius erupts and tips Pompeii into chaos. Trapped on a ship headed for Naples, the slave determines to return home and rescue his love and gladiator best friend.

So it’s basically 2012 with togas. Considering Anderson’s experience handling big budgets, we’re sure he’ll bring the goods when it comes to visuals.

But the director’s never displayed much aptitude for genuine human drama, which means Pompeii could turn into a decidedly over-cooked disaster flick.

Disastrous? Or delightful? What do you think to the sound of Anderson's next project? Shout out below...


    • pingpong

      May 3rd 2011, 12:36

      Great choice. Mr. Anderson has experience with disastrous movies .

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    • writerdave87

      May 3rd 2011, 13:04

      So considering we've got flying ships in his other 'historical' pile of turd Three Musketeers, can we expect jetpacks and helicopters in Pompeii? Hopefully he'll fall into a volcano so we can be spared his future movies.

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    • ChrisWootton

      May 3rd 2011, 17:26

      Ah Paul WS Anderson, the UK equivalent of Uwe Boll

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    • Ali1748

      May 3rd 2011, 21:01

      For the love of .....

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    • writerdave87

      May 4th 2011, 1:35

      We hate Paul WS Anderson because he makes truly terrible films, INCLUDING the Resident Evil movies. As you're so fond of saying, 'it's our opinion'. Stop having a hissy fit whenever someone's opinion differs from yours. You're welcome to think Paul WS Anderson is a great film maker but aside from Event Horizon and (Sort of) Death Race IN MY OPINION, he's c**p.

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    • Aberskene

      May 4th 2011, 12:54

      They should have made the movie around the Robert Harris Pompeii novel. It was a cracking read and crying out for a movie release.

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