The popular website Reddit.com can now has another major claim to fame. Variety reports that Warner Bros. has picked up the pitch Rome, Sweet Rome from author and two-time Jeopardy! champ James Erwin. The plot came about when Erwin asked the online community, “What if a unit of current U.S. Marines are suddenly transported back to ancient Rome and forced to do battle with the Roman legions?” Having effectively crowd-sourced his plot and now making money off other people’s ideas, Erwin’s story “will follow the Marines as they’re flung into the past where they encounter one of the world’s most legendary villains and disrupt history. To return home, they have to set history back on the track they altered.” I hope it takes a Back to the Future route where the soldiers have to help Brutus stab Caesar in the back at the Enchantment Under the Sea dance.
Madhouse Entertainment’s Adam Kolbrenner spotted Erwin’s posts on Reddit, contacted the writer, and the two began developing the concept. Kolbrenner brought it to Chris Gary at Warner Bros. and that’s how movies are made in the 21st century.