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Herbert Wise, ‘I, Claudius’ Director, Dies at 90

British Film and television director Herbert Wise, whose work included the seminal miniseries “I, Claudius,” died Aug. 5 in London. He was 90.

When it aired on BBC Two in 1976, the critically beloved “I, Claudius” created an uproar with its violence, nudity and sex. The series was a breakout role for star Derek Jacobi, who played the stuttering Claudius, whom no one thought could ever become emperor of Rome but did.

The Bafta and Emmy nominee contributed to more than five decades of television and film including “Rumpole of the Bailey,” telepic “Skokie” and 1989 feature horror-mystery “The Woman in Black.”

In a statement Friday, the Directors Guild of America said, “Herbie was an important figure in the golden age of British television whose wide influence and impressive list of miniseries and movies for television impacted directors and audiences around the world. … Herbie was a strong voice for directors in the U.K.
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Rudin picks up 'Claudius' film rights

TORONTO -- Beating several suitors, including Warner Bros. Pictures, in a deal worth seven figures, producer Scott Rudin has pick up the film rights to Robert Graves' Roman Empire-set novel, I, Claudius.

Leonardo DiCaprio and screenwriter William Monahan, who worked together on The Departed, are circling the project, though no offers have been made.

Claudius is not yet set up at a studio, though sources said it likely will land at Walt Disney Studios, where Rudin's shingle is housed. If that takes place, the adult-oriented project most likely would land at the studio's specialty films division Miramax or its Touchstone Pictures label.

Graves' 1934 novel I, Claudius, recounts the internecine plots and counterplots surrounding Clauxdius, the fourth emperor of Rome, who ruled from 41-54 A.D.

The novel previously was adapted into the 1937 film of the same name, directed by Josef von Sternberg and starring Charles Laughton as the beleaguered emperor. But it is best known as the basis for the 1976 BBC miniseries, I, Claudius, that starred Derek Jacobi as the stuttering Claudius, Sian Phillips as the scheming Livia and John Hurt as the dissolute Caligula.

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