David Auburn, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of “Proof,” will pen “Warrior Queen,” being produced by Tribeca Prods. for Paramount Pictures.
Historical epic concerns Celtic queen Boudicca and her uprising against the Romans occupying Britain in the first century A.D.
Tribeca partners Jane Rosenthal and Robert De Niro and exec Naomi Despres will produce. Producer Fiona MacKenzie brought the project to the shingle.
Boudicca, a familiar character to British schoolchildren who’s also known as Boadicea, became the leader of the Celtic Iceni tribe after the death of her husband. When the Roman governor tried to invade her lands, she led a military uprising, defeated legions and burned London to the ground.
“I’ve always been interested in the period. I’m a big history buff and I’m a big fan of movies that deal with the Roman empire,” Auburn said. “It’s also very rare to be able to write a big historical movie with a woman at the center who’s not Cleopatra.”
Miramax plans to release a film version of “Proof,” starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Jake Gyllenhaal and Anthony Hopkins, on Dec. 24.
Auburn has also penned “Il Mare,” a remake of a South Korean pic, for Warner Bros. He has also adapted two novels, Kevin Brockmeier’s “A Brief History of the Dead” for Warners and Paul Watkins’ “The Forger” for Miramax. His most recent work is spec script “Myra Lennox,” a romantic comedy set in the 1930s.
Overseeing the pic for Par is veep Marc Evans.