Today High End Productions, the Joint Venture recently created by Herbert G. Kloiber and Constantin Film, and Prime Video confirmed that the drama series Those About To Die, from director Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow, Moonfall), will launch exclusively on Prime Video in Germany, the UK, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, Ireland, Poland, Turkey, Andorra, Monaco, Luxembourg, and Belgium. Inspired by the nonfiction book of the same name by Daniel P. Mannix, the 10-episode series will immerse viewers into the spectacular, complex and corrupt world of chariot racing and gladiatorial fights in ancient Rome.
All episodes of the first season of Those About to Die will be available exclusively on Prime Video in the above territories as latest addition to the Prime membership. Servus TV will have the free TV window for Austria. The free TV rights outside the exclusive distribution window on Prime Video are currently still being negotiated with various licensees across Europe. Further presales will be announced at a later date.
Those About To Die from AGC Studios was commissioned by US streaming platform Peacock and High End Productions. The series is produced by Centropolis, Hollywood Gang and Street Entertainment. The series is written by Academy Award® nominated head writer Robert Rodat (Saving Private Ryan, The Patriot), and directed by Roland Emmerich, together with Marco Kreuzpaintner (Beat, The Lazarus Project). Executive Producers are Emmerich, Harald Kloser (2012, White House Down, Midway), Gianni Nunnari (The Departed, 300), Herbert G. Kloiber, Martin Moszkowicz, Oliver Berben, Jonas Bauer, Stuart Ford, Lourdes Diaz, Charles Holland, Kreuzpaintner and Rodat.
The series stars Academy Award® winner Sir Anthony Hopkins (The Father, Silence of the Lambs) as Emperor Vespasian, Iwan Rheon (Game of Thrones) as Tenax, Tom Hughes (The English, Victoria) as Titus Flavianus, Sara Martins (Tell No One, Death in Paradise) as Cala, Gabriella Pession (Crossing Lines) as Antonia, and Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson (Game of Thrones) as Viggo, amongst Jojo Macari (Sex Education), Dimitri Leonidas (Rosewater, Renegades), Moe Hashim (Ted Lasso), Rupert Penry-Jones (Whitechapel), Eneko Sagardoy (Elite), Pepe Barroso (Gran Turismo), Gonçalo Almeida (Amor, Amor), Kyshan Wilson (Unter der Sonne Amalfis), Alicia Edogamhe (Summertime) and others.
Panem et Circenses – Bread and Entertainment; Rome in 79 A.D.: The center of the Roman Empire is the wealthiest city in the world, and there is a heavy influx of slave laborers from the growing empire to take over the work. The Roman population—bored, restless, and increasingly violent—is kept in line mainly by two things: free food and spectacular entertainment, in the form of chariot racing and gladiator fights. Those About To Die delves into the world of the games—a world characterized by bloodlust, greed for money, the pursuit of power, and corruption. The races at Circus Maximus are controlled by four Patrician-owned corporations, the Blue, Red, White, and Green factions, and shares in the four factions are the most valuable things in Rome. As the taste in entertainment of the populace becomes more jaded and bloodthirsty, a specially designed stadium for gladiatorial combat is needed – the Colosseum. The scale of the stadium as well as the gladiatorial and animal combats is enormous – same as the underworld with the flourishing betting business. Underground, beneath the stands, thousands of people work and live—among them thousands who will die for the games.
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