Why Is This Not a Movie?

The Wrath of Genghis Khan

av Why Is This Not a Movie? | Publicerades 6/8/2021

History remembers Genghis Khan as a violent brute, destroying everything in his path. But the truth is more complicated than that. Ostracised from his community as a child, captured and enslaved, he escaped, became a leader, a warrior, united the fractured Mongols, and then conquered an empire twice as large as the Romans. The lifelong military campaign against virtually everyone else he encountered led to untold death and suffering... but also a continent-spanning meritocracy, with religious freedom and a healthy exchange of cultures and ideas. And Genghis' personal story plays out like a real-life Game of Thrones, with epic battles punctuating a life of intrigue, betrayal, sex, and murder. And it's never been told on screen in America (with the exception of the unforgiveably bad John Wayne vehicle The Conqueror), so we imagine it as a seasons-long epic television series, with a who's-who of Asian-American actors in the cast. And as a bonus, after a decades-long wait, we're finally getting Buckaroo Banzai Against the World Crime League. Tune in for more details!

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