Paul W.S. Anderson Will Blow Up Pompeii Next

Paul W.S. Anderson, he of the “Resident Evil” franchise, knows how to blow stuff up. Hell, he still somehow managed to blow up a ton of things in the period action-adventure movie “The Three Musketeers” if the trailer is any indication. Now Anderson’s set his sights on his biggest explosion yet — Mt. Vesuvius.

THR has Anderson signing on to direct “Pompeii”, a film that will chronicle the volcanic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, all of it told from the perspective of an epic love story. Because, you know, when you need an epic love story told, you go to the guy who did “Death Race.” Um.

The plot:

Set in late summer 79 A.D., Pompeii revolves around the slave of a shipping tycoon who dreams of the day he can buy his freedom and marry his master’s daughter. What the slave doesn’t know is that she’s already been promised to a corrupt Roman senator, while he’s been sold to another owner.

Just when things can’t get any worse, Mt. Vesuvius erupts with the power of 40 nuclear bombs. But the slave is trapped on a ship headed for Naples, separated from his love and 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.

Anderson, aka Milla Jovovich’s baby daddy, will direct from a script by Lee Batchler and Janet Scott Batchler. Constantin Film is footing the bill, while Summit Entertainment will handle distribution.

Shooting is expected sometime in the Spring of 2012.