Damn! I guess now I’ll have to finish reading the book! My father bought me the book for Christmas 2003 and I didn’t get to start reading it until Mexico of ’04, the reason why I remember the book being there is not only is there a picture of me with it–
–but because because I didn’t finish it and I almost took it the next summer to Mexico…but I remembered the picture above and decided someone would remember I had it last year and might comment “didn’t you have that last year?” I forgot what I ended up taking with me.
Anyway, they are now making a movie for this with a huge budget and a big name directing it:
Polanski Erupts Over “Pompeii”
Posted: Friday February 2nd 2007 12:50am
Author: Garth Franklin
Roman Polanski (“Rosemary’s Baby”, “The Pianist”) is set to helm his biggest project ever reports Variety.
Polanski will helm the $130 million dramatic thriller “Pompeii” which is set against the days preceeding and during the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius which swallowed the ancient Roman city.
Based on the bestseller of the same name by “Fatherland” novelist Robert Harris, the story follows a young engineer who has to repair an enormous aqueduct whose destruction threatens the Roman Empire.
The film takes place over three days and the final act is the volcanic eruption and the destruction of the aqueduct, which stretched 60 miles and served hundreds of thousands of people.
Despite the disaster movie tones, much of the appeal for Polanski lies in the book’s thriller aspects which are filled with political intrigue.
Harris himself is writing the script and financing will be done completely through independent means. Filming will begin in Italy this summer.
I actually just went to go check to see where I put it. I actually got half way through it and stopped reading just because it wasn’t like a DaVinci or James Patterson type quick read but a long chapter high quality read with great details and character work for all of the Roman era stuff. Ever since watching Rome, the HBO series, back in the summer of 05 I’ve wanted to pick up the book and finish it (and again when it came back just two weeks ago) but I never got a chance. Now seeing this I have to read it and get that out of the way.