When a studio wants an epic tent pole project they either go sci-fi, Biblical, or Greco-Roman. In this case we’re putting on our togas and heading on over to Greece. A huge bidding war between studios took place to gain the rights over Odysseus, a script written by Ann Peacock. According to THR, Warner Brothers won the rights to produce and distribute the film over it’s competitor Paramount. A director has already been hired, and the film will be co-produced by Hollywood Gang Productions.
Odysseus is a character who is featured in Homer’s classic Iliad and The Odyssey. After over 20 years at war the king of Ithaca comes home to a land in disarray. His wife and son have been taken captive by invaders, and he has to fight everyone of them to gain their freedom. The film version will be directed by Jonathan Liebesman and produced by Gianni Nunnari.
Warner Brothers must be obsessed with this time period because they have made several films with similar subject matter in the past few years. They produced 300 in 2006, and they will be distributing the Clash of the Titans remake which is due out in 2010. According to Nunnari “Warner Bros. is the perfect studio to bring Odysseus back to his island.”
Greek mythology is a touchy subject for me, because I love the stuff. I’ve actually read the Iliad and the Odyssey and its a great book. Yet, the downside of it is having to see all the film adaptations that are produced. Some studios get it right, while some don’t. It’s so easy to go through the mythology and pick any random story or character to base a film on. I just hope they give this project the attention it needs and deserves.
What do you think about Warner Brother’s latest epic film?