Martin Scorsese continues to prove not every artist slows down in their twilight years. On top of giving us one of the most vibrant and energetic films of his career in The Wolf of Wall Street only a few years ago, he also completed one of his great passion projects in the underloved Silence. Next, he's got a reunion with Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci in The Irishman - a picture that now has a ballooned budget of $130 million plus - that spans decades as it traces the career of a contract killer.
No stranger to TV, Scorsese is also bringing his talents to the small screen, following up HBO's hit Boardwalk Empire and flop Vinyl with an hour-long dramatic series detailing the life and times of the Roman Empire in The Caesars. Working with screenwriter Michael Hirst - the creator of series Vikings and The Tudors, who also penned the big screen scripts for Elizabeth and Elizabeth: The Golden Age - The Caesars will tell the story of the early rulers of ancient Rome, beginning with the rise to power of a young Julius Caesar.
Apparently, the pilot is already written, and the first season is completely outlined (though there's no casting as of yet), but it's not clear if Scorsese is merely producing the project, or also lending his directorial talents to the pilot/episodes as well (as he did with Boardwalk Empire). No network is currently attached either, but the plan is to make The Caesars into a multi-season longform show, spanning multiple eras in the Empire, which should make for a fascinating pulp history lesson.
So, what do you think? Who should play Young Julius? And are you excited to see Scorsese return to his passion of recreating ancient history?