Brad Pitt: a space Odysseus.


Four years ago, Brad Pitt starred in a little movie called Troy (my review), which was based on Homer’s Iliad. As I recall, my friend Magnus and I were not all that impressed by Pitt’s performance as Achilles, but we did like Sean Bean’s portrayal of Odysseus, and we kind of hoped that someone would make a sequel, based on Homer’s Odyssey, in which Bean could reprise the role.

So imagine my surprise when I read tonight that Pitt himself is thinking of starring in an adaptation of The Odyssey. And imagine my further surprise when I read that this adaptation might take place not in the distant past, but rather, in the distant future.

Reports Variety:

After turning Homer’s epic poem “The Iliad” into the 2004 film “Troy,” Warner Bros. and Brad Pitt are teaming with George Miller to adapt the Greek poet’s other masterwork, “The Odyssey.”

Their intention is to transfer the tale to a futuristic setting in outer space. . . . .

The mind boggles.

At any rate, it looks like we can add this to the list of movies currently in development that are based, however loosely, on ancient Greek myth and history. I would link to my earlier posts on those films, but there are too many to mention these days.

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his film column, which won multiple awards from the Evangelical Press Association, the Canadian Church Press and the Fellowship of Christian Newspapers, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005).


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