Warner Brothers has announced they will be making a new epic film that will depict a battle between ancient Rome and China. Kurt Johnstad, who co-wrote the movie 300, has been signed on to write the screenplay for this film, currently entitled The Lost Legion.
According to Deadline.com, “The Lost Legion is about the first encounter between two of the most powerful forces in the history of civilization, the Roman Empire and the Han Dynasty of ancient China. In 53 BC, a Roman legion was defeated in the Middle East and the surviving Roman soldiers were sold into slavery in the far east, North of China in what is now known as Mongolia. An intrepid band of Chinese warriors freed the legionnaires from captivity, and teamed up to defend China from the fiercest army in history.”
The reference comes from the aftermath of the Battle of Carrhae, which was fought in eastern Turkey in 53 BC. The Parthian Empire decisively defeated a Roman army of 45000 men, and it was believed that 10,000 were captured. Some historians believe that these Roman soldiers were sold into slavery, and may have eventually settled in China.