Reddit Thread Inspires Movie

Reddit Thread Inspires Movie

Warner Bros. purchased the rights to a movie idea that originated on the popular site and have now hired a screenwriter to write the script.

Emma Hutchings
  • 17 january 2013

The script for a movie idea that originated on Reddit and was optioned by Warner Bros. is now being written by screenwriter Brian Miller (Apollo 18).

Author James Erwin posted an original response to the question, “Could I destroy the entire Roman Empire during the reign of Augustus if I traveled back in time with a modern US Marine infantry battalion?” This developed into a long-running Reddit thread with Erwin expanding the story after his response proved so popular.

Reddit Thread Inspires Movie

It found its way to the Reddit homepage, where it was spotted by Madhouse Entertainment’s Adam Kolbrenner, who contact Erwin and began developing the concept with him. Kolbrenner then took it to Warner Bros., who bought the rights in October 2011.

Erwin wrote a draft of the screenplay for Rome, Sweet Rome but the studio felt it needed a fresh approach and Variety reports this week that they have now brought in Brian Miller to tackle the time travel story. This new version currently features only slight tweaks to the original, such as swapping the Marines for U.S. Special Forces.

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