Warner Bros. is reportedly developing a new adaptation of one of the greatest works of classic literature, Homer’s The Odyssey with a sci-fi spin.
Therefore, the studio recently hired a young screenwriter James DiLapo to pen a sci-fi version of the story with the hope of launching a new franchise as well. DiLapo recently earned a spot on the 2012 Black List for his screenplay Devil’s At Play.
The Odyssey, in part, a sequel to the Iliad is the second half of Homer’s epic poem about the Trojan War. The journey of Odysseus from Troy to Ithaca takes ten years — the same amount of time that the Trojan War itself lasted.
The film was first announced back in 2008 and Brad Pitt was originally attached to star with George Miller (Mad Max) attached as director. The one of two major ancient Greek epic poems would actually work great as a sci-fi film bearing in mind The Odyssey’s characters and creatures so call out for – island witches, cyclops, divine intervention, sea monsters, archery contests, etc.
Terry Dougas of 1821 Pictures will produce alongside Paris Kasidokostas Latsis (The Box), David Heyman (Harry Potter) and Jeff Clifford.
Any interested? Could you believe Warner Bros. didn’t adapt The Odyssey as a sequel to Troy with Sean Bean continuing in the role?
Homer’s epic chronicle of the Greek hero Odysseus’ journey home from the Trojan War has inspired writers from Virgil to James Joyce. Odysseus survives storm and shipwreck, the cave of the Cyclops and the isle of Circe, the lure of the Sirens’ song and a trip to the Underworld, only to find his most difficult challenge at home, where treacherous suitors seek to steal his kingdom and his loyal wife, Penelope. Favorite of the gods, Odysseus embodies the energy, intellect, and resourcefulness that were of highest value to the ancients and that remain ideals in our time.