Irish filmmaker Jim Sheridan will direct an adaptation of the classic novel ‘I, Claudius’.
Robert Graves’ 1934 novel recounts the internecine plots and counterplots surrounding Claudius, who ruled from 41-54 A.D. Born into a murderous, imperial family, he used his cunning mind and rivals’ misjudgement to not only survive but eventually become one of Rome’s greatest emperors.
The novel went on to be adapted into a 1937 film directed by Josef von Sternberg and starring Charles Laughton, though it is perhaps best known as the basis for the 1976 BBC miniseries that starred Derek Jacobi as the stuttering Roman emperor.
Sheridan will write the screenplay with long-time collaborator Nye Heron. It will be produced by indie financier Relativity Media.
Sheridan has most recently worked with Relativity on his latest movie, the upcoming ‘Brothers’ starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Tobey Maguire and Natalie Portman.