The story is set in 79 A.D. and centers on Milo (Kit Harington), a slave whose plans to marry the daughter of his shipping tycoon master are dashed when he is sold to another owner in Naples. When Mount Vesuvius erupts, he flees back to Pompeii to rescue his lover and his best friend, a gladiator trapped in the coliseum.
Janet Scott Batchler and Lee Batchler wrote the original screenplay, with Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes providing the most recent script revision. Paul W.S. Anderson will also produce with Jeremy Bolt, along with Constantin Film's Robert Kulzer and Martin Moszkowicz. No production schedule was given.