Entertainment is understood to be the frontrunner for UK rights, however Summit could not confirm the deal last night.
Meanwhile Summit Entertainment top brass and the film's producer Robert Benmussa have sealed a co-production partnership on the Roman historical adventure with Germany's Constantin Film, France's R P Productions and Ensueno, the production division of Spain's Antena 3 Television.
Benmussa, Summit Entertainment chairman Patrick Wachsberger, chief operating officer Robert Hayward, and Summit International president David Garrett negotiated the deal with Constantin chairman Fred Kogel and Ensueno's Teddy Villalba.
Rights have also gone to France (Pathe), Italy (RAI/01), and Eastern Europe (SPI). Constantin has retained German rights and Antena 3 Television will release in Spain through DeAPlaneta.
Producers Polanksi, Benmussa and Alain Sarde - who teamed up on The Pianist - are gearing up to shoot at Ciudad De La Luz in Alicante Spain.
The adaptation of Robert Harris' bestseller centres on a young
aqueduct engineer in 79AD who gets caught up in a conspiracy in the days leading up to the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.
Unconfirmed reports have linked Orlando Bloom and Scarlett Johansson to the project, which is scheduled for worldwide theatrical release in 2009.