In November Variety reported that “Game of Thrones” thesp Kit Harington was in negotiations to star as the slave of a shipping tycoon in the days leading up to the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius.
The German-Canadian co-production will involve significant construction of ancient Roman architecture and visual effects. Live action scenes will be captured in native 3-D.
“Pompeii” is produced by Anderson and Jeremy Bolt through their Impact Pictures, along with Robert Kulzer and Martin Moszkowicz of Germany’s Constantin Film and Don Carmody of Canada’s Don Carmody Pictures. Lionsgate-Summit is handling U.S. distribution.
The German-Canadian team also chose Cinespace for “Resident Evil: Retribution” and, most recently, “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.”
“Pompeii” is slated to start lensing in April.