Did ‘Pan’ Failure Cost Joe Wright Directing Job on ‘Julius Caesar’ Epic?

The Wrap reports that the failure of the big-budget fantasy Pan may wind up costing Warner Bros. $150 million dollars and the studio could reportedly not be the only one stuck dealing with the fallout, as Joe Wright has now lost his next directing gig.

Sources tell the site that Lionsgate is no longer negotiating a deal with Wright to take the helm of their Julius Caesar epic flick. The Atonement and Pride and Prejudice filmmaker was in talks to helm the young Julius Caesar movie and potential franchise launcher Emperor at Lionsgate. However, once Pan bombed at the box office, the studio suddenly cut off talks with the director.

Wright’s camp called the report “categorically untrue,” Lionsgate declined to comment for the site’s report, and one of Julius Caesar’s producers commented that though there had been a meeting and calls, the deal was never made.

Based on the first two installments of Conn Iggulden‘s “Emperor” fiction series, the story follows the relationship between the Roman statesman and Marcus Brutus, who was Caesar’s best friend and eventual enemy.

I think the lack of Petar Pan’s origin story is a stupid premise for the film, so Wright never should have signed on in the first place. Hopefully, he’ll get a chance at redemption soon.

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Source: The Wrap