Sheridan to direct I, Claudius
A while ago we heard that the new film adaptation of the novel I, Claudius (Amazon.com / Amazon.co.uk) from Robert Graves was in a battle to be bought by Leonardo DiCaprio, William Monahan and Warner Bros., however they lost and Variety told us that both DiCaprio and Monahan would be headed with the project. Wrong.
It turns out that Jim Sheridan will be directing the film and also co-adapt the novel with Nye Heron, who he has worked with on a number of projects.
Jim Sheridan is perhaps best known for films such as Bloody Sunday, In the Name of the Father, The Field and My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown, he's also directing the remake of the excellent Brødre now called Brothers.
So that's a definite no to William Monahan, see even Variety get it wrong...rather more than you would expect for being one of "the trades".
That aside, this news from Yahoo News is a strong choice for the film which is an adaptation of the novel which has been made into a BBC television series in 1976 starring Derek Jacobi, John Hurt, Brian Blessed, Ian Ogilvy, Kevin McNally, Patrick Stewart, John Rhys-Davies, and tells the story of Rome and the corruption within it.
Indeed it sounds like a modern tale of politics with corruption and general debauchery that was an everyday part of its society. The main storyline follows Claudius himself and his rise to power. Claudius was a member of the imperial family and behind his outward manner of a limp and a stutter, he had a brilliant mind that allowed him to outwit his rivals and rule Rome.
I actually would have liked to have seen Leonardo DiCaprio tackle a role like this back when it seemed it was going to be an all American production, but now I'm not so sure. I think this could take an entirely different slant now, and with Sheridan on board are we likely to see a mainly British cast? I would love that personally.