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Summit Entertainment's new franchise hero? Julius Caesar

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Remember when we were all Team Edward or Team Jacob? Or, Team Peeta or Team Gale? (No? Well, some of us were.) Now EW has confirmed that the studio that brought us The Twilight Saga and The Hunger Games has found its next subject: Julius Caesar. Historical franchising!

Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment is teaming up with White Horse Pictures to co-produce Emperor — based on a series of five novels by Conn Iggulden released between 2003 and 2013 — in what has the possibilities for multiple films about the rise of Caesar in the Roman Empire and his relationship with friend and eventual nemesis Marcus Brutus.

Lionsgate co-chairs Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger confirmed the deal to Deadline and said, “We’re looking forward to working with an incredible creative team on Emperor, a great property based on a unique and compelling series of books. A fresh and inventive coming-of-age story about the young Julius Caesar and Brutus set amidst the drama, intrigue and passions of ancient Rome, we believe that Emperor will be a big, crowd-pleasing motion picture event for global audiences. It marks an exciting addition to a slate already loaded with franchises, potential franchises and other star-driven tentpole films.”

No director is attached yet to the project, but a team of writers led by executive producer William Broyles Jr. (Cast Away) has already submitted a script for the first proposed film.

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