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It's been a long time since we've had a good disaster movie about an erupting volcano (discounting TV movies, the last ones we can recall were 'Dante's Peak' and 'Volcano' in 1997), so our curiosity was piqued when we discovered that Paul W.S. Anderson ('Resident Evil') will be making one about the last days of Pompeii.

If you recall from your history books, Pompeii, a Roman vacation spot on the coast of Italy, was destroyed and completely buried (along with its inhabitants) during a long eruption of Mt. Vesuvius spanning two days in 79 AD.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, 'Pompeii' will be configured as a period action adventure that will have at its center a love story. The plot goes something like this: 'Pompeii' follows the slave of a shipping tycoon who dreams of the day he can buy his freedom and marry his master's daughter, but what he doesn't know is that she's already been promised to a corrupt Roman senator, while he's been sold to another owner. When Vesuvius erupts, the slave is trapped on a ship headed for Naples, separated from both his love and his best friend, a gladiator who is trapped in the city's coliseum. As fire and ash destroy the only world he's ever known, the slave is determined to get back and rescue them

Given the state of the art in CGI special effects and Anderson's successes in using them, we can look forward to a spectacular opera of destruction and devastation along the lines of '2012.'

Constantin Film is financing and producing the big-budget film, while Summit Entertainment will handle U.S. distribution. No cast has been announced, but the plan is for shooting to begin in 2012.

Anderson is in post-production on 'The Three Musketeers,' which stars Christoph Waltz, Milla Jovovich (the director's wife), Logan Lerman, Orlando Bloom, Ray Stevenson, Matthew Macfadyen, Mads Mikkelsen and Luke Evans; Summit will release it on Oct. 14.

Meanwhile, Sony Pictures Television is still moving ahead on its Ridley Scott–produced, Robert Towne–scripted big-budget miniseries 'Pompeii,' based on the 2003 book by Robert Harris, that's due next year. That show will either serve as advance publicity or advance warning for the movie. Though we guess there's always room for an extra dose of mass destruction in the popular consciousness.