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Old December 8th, 2012, 12:19 PM   #1

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When people think about German history they usually only think only as far back as about 1914, but now a new movie from 20th Century Fox is taking you much further back - namely to the first century. The studio is now crafting a film about the ancient Germanic hero Arminius who led his army to victory over the Romans in the Batttle of Teutoburg Forest in 9 AD, helping Germania hold their land from the invading forces.

Deadline says that first-time writer Frank Moll wrote the script for Arminius and that Wolfgang Petersen and Julie Yorn are on-board to produce. The trade says that the story will start in the hero's childhood, as he was actually a German who was trained to be a Roman soldier. Upon learning of the Roman's want to invade Germania, however, he switched teams to defend the motherland and at the age of 25 unified the Germanic states and delt Rome their greatest loss under the rule of Augustus Caesar.

While they don't come around that often, stories of ancient Rome and Greece tend to actually do fairly well at the box office. There are the examples of Gladiator and 300 of course, but even Immortals was able to pull in $226 million globally on a $75 million budget. Warner Bros. has the 300 sequel, Rise of an Empire, due out next year, so perhaps Fox is simply trying to jump aboard a trend while the getting is good. It sounds like an interesting enough story, but we'll have to wait and see how it plays out.
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Oh dear! Wolfgang Peterson.
An astonishing international debut with Das Boot but since then the only decent film he has made was In the line of fire, and that was nearly twenty years ago.
Still, nice to see a German making a movie about Arminius.
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Really cool topic.
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Considering that we know almost nothing about the man (I seem to remember that it has even been doubted whether he really existed, or if it wasn't just a name made up by Tacitus), I assume it will be largely fictional. Still, could be entertaining to watch, not so many movies made about the period which has a perspective outside of the strictly Roman one.
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Considering that we know almost nothing about the man (I seem to remember that it has even been doubted whether he really existed, or if it wasn't just a name made up by Tacitus), I assume it will be largely fictional. Still, could be entertaining to watch, not so many movies made about the period which has a perspective outside of the strictly Roman one.
I think there is enough story fo a movie. If I would be responible, I would start with the first time the Romans, when Arminius was a small boy and how his kin allied with the Romans and the struggle inside the Cheruscian gens. Then I would describe the time of the foedus, when Arminius and Flavus were hostages of Rome and served in Pannonia. Part of these story would be as well his love with Thusnelda and the conflict with her father Segestes. Then we had the return of Arminius home and the Varus battle. We have then the war with the Romans in the following years, Idistaviso, the Angrivarian wall, the intrigues of some Chattian principes and of course the ongoing family war. we have the sad fate of his wife and his son Thumelicus as hostages in Rome. Finally we have his murder in 21.
So, if there is a story made for Hollywood or especially for peterson, then it is the story of Arminius.

I just do hope, that the story isn't mixed with those of Siegfried. Some people believe this.
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Anybody want to see Tuetoburg Wald?
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When people think about German history they usually only think only as far back as about 1914, but now a new movie from 20th Century Fox is taking you much further back - namely to the first century. The studio is now crafting a film about the ancient Germanic hero Arminius who led his army to victory over the Romans in the Batttle of Teutoburg Forest in 9 AD, helping Germania hold their land from the invading forces.

Deadline says that first-time writer Frank Moll wrote the script for Arminius and that Wolfgang Petersen and Julie Yorn are on-board to produce. The trade says that the story will start in the hero's childhood, as he was actually a German who was trained to be a Roman soldier. Upon learning of the Roman's want to invade Germania, however, he switched teams to defend the motherland and at the age of 25 unified the Germanic states and delt Rome their greatest loss under the rule of Augustus Caesar.

While they don't come around that often, stories of ancient Rome and Greece tend to actually do fairly well at the box office. There are the examples of Gladiator and 300 of course, but even Immortals was able to pull in $226 million globally on a $75 million budget. Warner Bros. has the 300 sequel, Rise of an Empire, due out next year, so perhaps Fox is simply trying to jump aboard a trend while the getting is good. It sounds like an interesting enough story, but we'll have to wait and see how it plays out.
Roman-Era Germanic Hero Arminius Getting The Feature Film Treatment - CinemaBlend.com
I was reading your quote again. I do hope, that the movie is not too much glorifying Arminius as national hero, but shows more the historical one.
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