Ridley Scott heads for Pompeii

Ridley Scott has signed on to produce a four-hour miniseries version of Robert Harris’ bestselling novel Pompeii.


The book, which has been translated into over 30 languages, is set during the 72 hours leading up to the eruption of Vesuvius and centres on a Roman aqueduct engineer:


“The creation of worlds – specifically those historical worlds which continue to capture the popular imagination – is what we love to do and do best,” Scott said. “‘Pompeii’ is a strong and compelling character drama set against a backdrop of a flourishing but ultimately doomed civilization – exactly what makes great event television.”