Film of Rosemary Sutcliff’s ‘The Eagle of the Ninth’

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Kevin Macdonald has signed on to direct The Eagle of the Ninth, according to an announcement in Cannes 2008 by Focus Features. Macdonald won an Oscar for his documentary One Day in September and directed Forest Whitaker to his Academy Award for Best Actor in The Last King of Scotland. Scotland co-writer Jeremy Brock adapted the screenplay for Eagle from Rosemary’s novel , originally published in 1954, which is set in the second century in Roman-ruled Britain, telling the tale of a young Roman’s search for the truth about the disappearance of his father’s legion.  Macdonald is currently completing production on State of Play, starring Russell Crowe and Ben Affleck. ‘Pre-production’ on The Eage of the Ninth is set to begin at the end of the year.

4 thoughts on “Film of Rosemary Sutcliff’s ‘The Eagle of the Ninth’

  1. I am so thrilled to hear a film will be made of the Eagle of the Ninth. I only discovered the book as an adult — and it is one of my favorite books. I hope the film will interest a whole new generation of readers of these great books,


  2. I am thrilled to hear that a film is being made of Eagle of the Ninth. As a child I had the original book(yes, I am an old codger) All I can say is I hope they dont make a hash of it as they did with “Five children and It” (I had that book too) any super special effects will ruin Eagle it should be as exact as possible to Rosemary Sutcliffe’s book The story as told cant be bettered.


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