As is the case with slasher film franchises, what do you do when a story has been told and retold so many times that you simply don’t know how else to exploit it in another movie? The answer is: you set it in space, because that worked so well for the Friday the 13th, Hellraiser, and Leprechaun film franchises. As such, The Odyssey, a Greek epic poem composed in approximately 8 BC by Homer, and is a story that has been told and retold in almost every kind of storytelling media ever since, is once again serving as the basis for a film—and it’s going to be set, of course, in space.
That’s right, Homer’s epic poem about a warrior named Odysseus, his wife, and the various suitors hoping to gain the rights to his estate is being transformed into a space adventure. Because that’s surely what Homer had in mind.
The Odyssey is the second half of the tale told in The Illiad. Odysseus is a warrior returning from the wars set in The Illiad, and must make his way home before a number of suitors, convinced of his death, attempt to take his wife and his property.
This “space” version of the The Odyssey is being produced by Terry Dougas of 1821 Pictures along with Paris Kasidokostas Latsis for Warner Bros. Previously, Warner Bros. has adapted The Illiad with the Wolfgang Peterson film Troy, starring Brad Pitt.
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