This is a story for anyone hoping to make it in Hollywood or the book world but currently doubting themselves as a “nobody” — a Reddit user has proven that creativity and fun on the internet may just score you a major Hollywood movie deal (following in the footsteps of internet creators like the S#!t My Dad Says Twitter writer). James Erwin, known as “Prufrock451” on Reddit, responded to a posting on Reddit asking readers, “What if a unit of current U.S. Marines are suddenly transported back to ancient Rome and forced to do battle with the Roman legions?”
Erwin’s story, initially posted as a comment response to the original thread, has since blown up to include its own sub-Reddit on the community with 10,000 followers, follows a group of soldiers who have been mysteriously transported back in time. There, the soldiers encounter one of history’s greatest villains and fight for survival as they struggle to find a way home. Their arrival disrupted history as we know it, and to secure their return home, the soldiers will need to get history back on track.
You can check out the original thread on Reddit, which came close to hitting 3,000 upvotes — quite a feat on Reddit — and has received almost 4,000 comment responses. Erwin’s Day One story alone garnered over 4,100 upvotes! Here’s an excerpt from Day One:
The section of Bagram where the 35th was gathered suddenly reappears in a field outside Rome, on the west bank of the Tiber River. Without substantially prepared ground under it, the concrete begins sinking into the marshy ground and cracking. Colonel Miles Nelson orders his men to regroup near the vehicle depot – nearly all of the MEU’s vehicles are still stripped for air transport. He orders all helicopters airborne, believing the MEU is trapped in an earthquake.
Nelson’s men soon report a complete loss of all communications, including GPS and satellite radio. Nelson now believes something more terrible has occurred – a nuclear war and EMP which has left his unit completely isolated. Only a few men have realized that the rest of Bagram has vanished, but that will soon become apparent as the transport helos begin circling the 35th’s location.
Within an hour, the 2,200 Marines have regrouped, stunned. They are not the only moderns transported to Rome. With them are about 150 Air Force maintenance and repair specialists. There are about 60 Afghan Army soldiers, mostly the MEU’s interpreters and liaisons. There are also 15 U.S. civilian contractors and one man, Frank Delacroix, who has spoken to no one but Colonel Nelson.
Miraculously, no one was killed during the earthquake but several dozen people were injured, some seriously. All fixed-wing aircraft and the attack helicopters were rendered inoperable by the shifting concrete, although the MEU did not lose a single vehicle or transport helicopter.
Adam Kolbrenner of Madhouse Entertainment worked closely with Erwin to develop a movie concept based on his story. Once finished, the pair pitched their story to WB, who quickly scooped up movie rights. Kolbrenner and “Immortals” producer Gianni Nunnari will produce the film.
Those of you interested in James Erwin’s story telling may be interested to know that the author has another book scheduled to release in 2012, which will chronicle the history of the US’s military actions.