Resident Evil director Paul W.S. Anderson doesn't seem to have a hard time finding directing gigs these days even though he's not a very good director. He is set to direct a new film based around the story of Pompeii, the city that was wiped out by massive volcanic eruption in 79 A.D.
According to THR the movie is "a period adventure movie project recounting the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius and the destruction of the ancient Roman city. Like Titanic, another high-profile historical disaster movie, Pompeii film will be anchored by a strong love story." Here are the details,
Set in late summer 79 A.D., Pompeiir revolves around the slave of a shipping tycoon who dreams of the day he can buy his freedom and marry his master's daughter. What the slave doesn't know is that she's already been promised to a corrupt Roman senator, while he's been sold to another owner.
Just when things can't get any worse, Mt. Vesuvius erupts with the power of 40 nuclear bombs. But the slave is trapped on a ship headed for Naples, separated from his love and best friend, a gladiator who is trapped in the city's coliseum. As fire and ash destroy the only world he's ever known, the slave is determined to get back and rescue them.
This sounds like it could be an entertaining film, I just don't like Anderson's directing style. He has been working with the 3D film technology on his last couple of films such as Resident Evil: Afterlife, which I thought was awful, and his upcoming Three Musketeers film which doesn't look interesting at all. This leads me to believe that Pompeii will end up being a mediocre 3D movie as well.
Summit Entertainment is all set to distribute the movie, an will launch Pompeii to foreign buyers at the Cannes film market. The plan is for Anderson to start shooting the movie in spring 2012 from a script written by Lee Batchler and Janet Scott Batchler who wrote Batman Forever, so that doesn't spark any confidence in the film either.
This film has nothing to do with Ridley Scott's TV series of the same name that is currently being developed.
What are your thoughts on anderson directing this movie?