Movie Web nabbed a nice exclusive with actor Ray Stevenson (Punisher: War Zone) and had the extra good sense to pry a little more information out of him regarding the rumored feature film of HBO’s Rome. Talk of making a Rome movie was going strong awhile back, but since then mum has pretty much been the word on the project.

However, Ray Stevenson had good news to deliver: the Rome movie is definitely moving forward, and a script is currently in development!

If you were as much a fan of Rome as I was, you owe the cosmos a serious “Atta boy!” right about now.

Here’s the part of Movie Web’s interview with Ray Stevenson that you really want to see:

Is the Rome movie still moving ahead?

Ray Stevenson: Apparently so. It is no longer a smoke and mirrors rumor. The script is in full development. As you are probably aware, this is a pretty strange process. We could go into production in a year, or it could be as quick as six months. Who knows? It will happen. At least it is no longer a rumor. From what I have heard, they are nearing the end of script development. We shall see. We shall see.

Nice. Very Nice. Personally, I’m hoping it’s the six month wait between now and the start of production; I want this film in the can before anybody can jinx it. I’ve got this thing about Rome, you see. It was taken from me before it’s time. Two seasons was never enough. My TV hasn’t been as nudity-filled since.

Speaking of nudity, near the end of the interview Movie Web brought up a really good point: HBO let Rome get away with freaking murder (and rape, and orgies, and war, and more rape and more murder and..), so, like, is all that good stuff going to fit into an MPAA “R” rating? Because I’m not trying to have my Rome watered down and served to me at movie ticket price! Sex and violence on the big screen is what I better get!

But I digress.

On the technical side, Rome is being tentatively looked at as a 2010 release. Bruno Heller, who wrote and executive produced the series, is writing the movie script as well. And, as far as is known by me, the original cast should all be back for the ride.

You can read Movie Web’s full interview with Ray Stevenson by going here. Let us know what think about Rome getting a big-screen send off.

Source: Movie Web