The Interpipes Are Leaking of the Day: Author, military historian, and two-time Jeopardy! champion James Erwin has just sold his first screenplay to Warner Bros. — a war epic developed from comments he left in response to a question on the social news site Reddit.
The Des Moines native’s reply to a hypothetical scenario involving time-traveling marines battling Augustus in ancient Rome proved so popular that it shot up to the top of the comment thread (spoilers), where it was eventually noticed by Adam Kolbrenner of Madhouse Entertainment.
Kolbrenner, who worked with Erwin to polish the idea, pitched it to Warner Bros. exec Chris Gary, who convinced the studio to buy it.
The project will be overseen by John Ridley and produced by Kolbrenner and Gianni Nunnari (Immortals). No word yet on a director, or if the working title “Rome, Sweet Rome” will become the film’s official name.