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Bruno Heller Hoping For A Rome Feature

Source: The Hollywood Reporter November 3oth 2008

Bruno Heller creator of "The Mentalist," wants to produce a theatrical wrap up of critically acclaimed and prematurely cancelled HBO drama Rome.

"There is talk of doing a movie version," he told The Hollywood Reporter. "It's moving along. It's not there until it's there. I would love to wrap that show off."

The period drama ran for two seasons on HBO. With the final season of "The Sopranos" as its lead in, the first season was solidly rated, but high production costs presented the network with a tough call on their pickup. HBO opted for a second season but not a third, effectively cancelling the show in summer 2006 before the second season debuted the following January order viagra online.

Season two of "Rome" was a surprise as the show did remarkably well without a Sopranos lead in. HBO executives have admitted since that axeing the show was probably a mistake.

The show's Kevin McKidd now has a recurring role on ABC's "Greys Anatomy. Fellow "Rome" actor Ray Stevenson is in Punisher: War Zone, and Polly Walker is cast in Sci FI Channel's Capricia.

The original series outline for "Rome" next called for the hedonistic Rome dealers to deal with the rise of a certain problematic rabbi.

"I discovered halfway through writing the second season that the series was going to end," Heller said. "The second was going to deal with the death of Brutus. Third and fourth season was to be set in Egypt. Fifth was going to be the rise of the messiah in Palestine. But because we got the heads-up that the second season would be it, I telescoped the third and fourth season into the second one, which accounts for the blazing speed we go through history near the end. There's certainly more than enough history to go around."

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