Amazon Studios has acquired the streaming rights to Roland Emmerich’s upcoming gladiator drama “Those About to Die” in multiple countries. The series will be available on Prime Video in Germany, the U.K., France, Italy, Spain, Portugal and other countries. The show will debut on Peacock in the U.S.
The cast of “Those About to Die” includes Anthony Hopkins as Roman Emperor Vespasian, Tom Hughes as Titus Flavianus, Sara Martins as Cala, Jojo Macari as Domitian, Gabriella Pession as Antonia, Dimitri Leonidas as Scorpus, Moe Hashim as Kwame, and Iwan Rheon as crime boss Tenax. Additional cast members include Liraz Charhi, Johannes Haukur Johannesson, Rupert Penry-Jones, Eneko Sagardoy, Pepe Barroso, Gonçalo Almeida, Kyshan Wilson, and Alicia Edogamhe.
The series is described as an epic drama set in the world of gladiatorial competition. It explores the intersection of sports, politics, and dynasties in ancient Rome. The story features a diverse ensemble cast from all parts of Roman society.
“Those About to Die” is executive produced and directed by Roland Emmerich, known for films such as “Independence Day” and “The Day After Tomorrow.” The screenplay is written by Robert Rodat, the writer of “Saving Private Ryan,” and is based on Daniel Mannix’s nonfiction book of the same name. This marks Emmerich’s first TV project in a decade.
The executive producers of the series include Gianni Nunnari, Harald Kloser, Herbert G. Kloiber, Oliver Berben, Martin Moszkowicz, Stuart Ford, Lourdes Diaz, and Jonas Bauer. The production is a collaboration between AGC Studios, Centropolis Entertainment, Hollywood Gang Productions, and Street Entertainment.
This acquisition by Amazon Studios expands its content offerings and strengthens its position in the streaming market. “Those About to Die” is expected to appeal to audiences with its compelling storyline, impressive cast, and Emmerich’s reputation as a renowned filmmaker. The series has the potential to attract a wide international audience as it will be available in multiple countries through Prime Video.
Overall, the acquisition of “Those About to Die” by Amazon Studios is a significant development in the streaming industry. The show’s compelling premise, star-studded cast, and renowned creators make it a highly anticipated series for viewers around the world.