Director Kevin Macdonald has decided to follow up his acclaimed film The Last King of Scotland with the Roman epic The Eagle of the Ninth.

Macdonald is currently prepping the Brad Pitt film State of Play. After that, he will begin work on Ninth, which is an adaptation of the 1954 Rosemary Sutcliff novel of the same name.

The story is set in Britain during the 2nd century A.D. According to Variety, the story revolves around a wounded Roman soldier and his Celtic slave. Together, they embark on an adventure to find the Missing Ninth Legion.

Macdonald stated, "...I shared memories of the book as one of (my) favorite childhood novels. I pleaded with (producer Duncan Kenworthy) to let me do it, and he finally gave in. There has been this glut of huge-scale sword and sandal movies, but we want to do this in a very gutsy, visceral way. I see it as a Western. It's The Searchers meets ' Apocalypto set in Scotland, where the landscape is the dominant production value."

Production is expected to start early next year.