A short piece in Empire magazine about an upcoming film version of Rosemary Sutcliffe's Eagle of the Ninth. I am depressed to find, after a quick check on imdb, that the television series I recall was shown in 1977. What I remember most of all was one scene early on which in which a gladiator fought a bear. The bear was called Hercules and lived in a pub up the road.
Anyway, production on the film is due to start in August:
The story is set in Roman Britain, where a young man called Marcus Aquila (Tatum, possibly) ventures north of Hadrian's Wall to discover the whereabouts of the Ninth Legion, which his father commanded, which vanished 15 years before*. With him is a young Celtic slave, Esca (Bell), rescued from a gladiatorial arena and helping him in his quest, as he disguises himself as an occultist to travel north of the Wall.
The script's been written by Jeremy Brock, who also worked with Macdonald on The Last King of Scotland, with production due to start in August. Apparently Hungary will stand in for Roman England, but Scotland will be playing itself. We're not sure what that says about Scotland. In the meantime, Macdonald's State of Play opens on April 24.
Full story here. Start gearing yourself up for a large number of confused articles about what happened to Legion IX.