Those About to Die
Based onThose About to Die
by Daniel P. Mannix
Written byRobert Rodat
Directed by
Country of origin
  • United States
  • Germany
  • Italy
Original languages
  • English
  • Italian
  • German
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Those About to Die is an upcoming epic sword-and-sandal television series developed by Robert Rodat and directed by Roland Emmerich and Marco Kreuzpaintner. The series is set to premiere on July 18, 2024 on Peacock with all 10 episodes.[1]


Chronicles the world of gladiators in Ancient Rome.



It was announced in July 2022 that Peacock had issued a series order for the project, which will be written by Robert Rodat and directed by Roland Emmerich. The series has a budget of $140 million, and was expected to begin production in early 2023.[2]

In January 2023, Anthony Hopkins was cast.[3] Dimitri Leonidas, Gabriella Pession, Lorenzo Richelmy and Tom Hughes were cast in February, with Marco Kreuzpaintner joining Emmerich as a director.[4] Production began at Cinecittà in Rome in March with additional casting announced including Iwan Rheon, who was cast to replace Richelmy.[5]


  1. ^ Petski, Denise (April 7, 2024). "'Those About To Die' Unveils Premiere Date & Teaser". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on April 8, 2024. Retrieved April 8, 2024.
  2. ^ White, Peter (July 26, 2022). "Roland Emmerich To Direct Gladiatorial Drama Series Those About To Die; Peacock Hands Project Straight-To Series Order". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 18 January 2023.
  3. ^ White, Peter (January 18, 2023). "Anthony Hopkins Joins Peacock's Gladiator Drama Series Those About To Die". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 18 January 2023.
  4. ^ Whittock, Jesse (February 9, 2023). "Those About To Die: More Cast Join Anthony Hopkins In Peacock's Gladiator Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 9 February 2023.
  5. ^ Whittock, Jesse (March 20, 2023). "Those About To Die: Iwan Rheon Among Nine Cast In Peacock And Roland Emmerich's Gladiator Drama As Shooting Begins". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 20 March 2023.