Warner Bros. Pictures is planning an outer space set version of Greek author Homer’s “The Odyssey.” James DiLapo (“Devils At Play”) has just come onboard pen the script.
Set directly after the events of “The Illiad” (which Warners adapted into 2004’s “Troy”), “The Odyssey” follows Odysseus’ decade-long journey from the Trojan War to his homeland of Ithaca in Greece – a long journey due to his enraging of the god Poseidon.
Along the way he encounters various challenges – an angry Cyclops, the sorceress Circe who turns half his men into pigs, the treacherous songs of the Sirens, giant stone-throwing cannibals, the narrow passage between the many-headed monster Scylla and the whirlpool Charybdis, shipwrecks, nymphs and rival suitors for his wife and son.
Over the years the work has been translated onto film and TV many times and has been used as inspiration for features like “O Brother Where Art Thou” and “Apocalypse Now”. Even the ‘sci-fi version’ concept of the story has been done before in a French 1981 anime series entitled “Ulysses 31”.
Terry Dougas, Paris Kadsidokostas Latsis, Jeff Clifford and “Harry Potter” series producer David Heyman are all set to produce the film which could become a potential franchise.
Both Brad Pitt and director George Miller were tied to the project back in 2008, but that version has been scrapped.