Gladiators have received a lot of heat lately, from the Spartacus television series, even dating back to the Russel Crowe Gladiator film. Heck, Disney even tried to get in on the game a little bit with the animated feature Hercules. Now, Rainbow, Paramount, and Medusa are hoping to top all those before them with their Gladiator parody, an upcoming 3D and CG feature film called Not Born to be Gladiators. The story follows Timo, a young orphan who survived the Pompeii disaster. When the boy is rescued by General Chirone, there’s only one proper place for him; the Gladiator’s Academy of Rome. Not that he’s the greatest Gladiator – Timo wants nothing to do with the events. That is, until Lucilla shows up, and it’s love at first sight. Can Timo triumph over Cassio and win Lucilla’s heart? Will Diana train him properly for the Coliseum? We’ll just have to wait for the film to find out!
RAINBOW’S GLADIATOR SPOOF PICKED UP BY PARAMOUNT PICTURES
3D Feature NOT BORN TO BE GLADIATORS Launched in Cannes
Loreto, Italy (May 25, 2011) Rainbow Studio is pleased to announce major deals with Paramount and Medusa for its latest 3D feature film, Not born to be Gladiators.
Presented to the international market at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Paramount Pictures will handle all North American distribution while Medusa will handle Italy. ‘It’s a big opportunity for an independent producer to get a quality 3D CGI-animated comedy to a studio level, we hope to represent a new step forward for European animation in terms of quality and international success.’ Iginio Straffi
Paramount parent Viacom recently acquired 30% of Rainbow and plans to broadcast future Rainbow TV programming on Nickelodeon and distribute feature films through Paramount. ‘Not Born To Be Gladiators’, directed by Iginio Straffi (Founder of Rainbow), has a $55 million budget and a script by the Oscar-winning writer of A Shark’s Tale and Ice Age 2, Michael J. Wilson. Rainbow and Paramount are currently in discussion with high profile actors for the voices of the main characters. Action and comedy are the main elements of this 3D movie, targeted to a family audience.
Not born to be Gladiators (85 minutes)
Left as an orphan by the terrible eruption of Pompeii, young Timo is saved by General Chirone, founder of the most famous Gladiators’ Academy of Rome. As a young boy he grows up surrounded by all kinds of gladiators but shows no interest in becoming one of them. Rather, he is a somewhat apathetic but happy go lucky and fun loving young man, slightly overweight and bit out of shape.
Everything changes when Lucilla, Chirone’s beautiful daughter returns home from Greece. Timo grows fond of Lucilla however, she is promised to Cassio, considered by many as Rome’s best gladiator and a celebrated nephew of the Emperor. Timo badly wants to show Chirone that he’s worthy of Lucilla’s hand and that he is a better gladiator than Cassio. Temptation causes him to take a short and cheat by using a strengthening potion, however his glory is short-lived, he is quickly exposed and banished from the Academy.
Fate brings Timo across Diana, a mysterious, exotic and sexy trainer. Through a series of bizarre training sequences, Timo evolves into a Gladiator fit to fight at the famous opening match of the grand Coliseum. Timo faces Cassio in front of a sell-out audience with the goal of proving that he was in fact ‘born to be a gladiator’ that both Rome and Lucilla deserve. We will see!
Founded in 1995, Rainbow started as a TV production company which develops animated series. Today it is the leading Kids TV producer highly recognize as a Rating Powerhouse because of its successful performance on TV. Rainbow is most well known for its TV animated series, “ WinxClub” which is airing in over 130 countries and boast of 600 licensees. Rainbow currently has 380 full-time employees, as well as a network of over 100 animation professionals who work exclusively with the company. Rainbow portfolio includes Not Born to be Gladiators, Winx Club, Huntik, PopPixie, Monster Allergy, Tommy & Oscar, and Maya Fox. For more information visit www.rbw.it