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James Erwin Posts 'Rome, Sweet Rome' Story on Reddit.com, Gets Movie Deal

| by Michael Allen

Reddit.com recently fell into some hot water because of pictures of underage girls being posted in its forums, but on the brighter side Reddit user and two-time Jeopardy champion James Erwin, of Des Moines, Iowa, got a movie deal from a story that he has been writing and posting on the popular social media site.

His story 'Rome, Sweet Rome' was bought by Warner Bros. studio this week, reports Variety.com:

Warner Bros. has preemptively purchased the high-concept pitch "Rome, Sweet Rome" from first-time scribe James Erwin, an author and two-time "Jeopardy!" champion from Des Moines, Iowa.

Erwin's pitch sale came about as a result of several postings on the website Reddit.com, an online community and social news aggregator where users vote to determine which posts land on the site's home page.

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Erwin set out to answer the question: "What if a unit of current U.S. Marines are suddenly transported back to ancient Rome and forced to do battle with the Roman legions?" Pic will follow the Marines as they're flung into the past where they encounter one of the world's most legendary villains and disrupt history. To return home, they have to set history back on the track they altered.

Madhouse Entertainment's Adam Kolbrenner spotted Erwin's "Rome, Sweet Rome" posts once they reached the top of Reddit and moved quickly to contact the writer and begin working with him to develop the concept. When it came time to find a home for the project, Kolbrenner brought it to WB's Chris Gary, a young exec who encouraged the studio to move aggressively to acquire it.