Odysseus without the odyssey?


Warner Brothers sure likes its Greek myths and legends. After making a buck or two on Troy (2004) and 300 (2006), and after putting the gears in motion for their upcoming remake of Clash of the Titans, the studio has now acquired Odysseus, a spec script that would seem to be based on Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey.

It may not be quite what you’d expect, though. While Odysseus is best known for the ten years he spent wandering around the Mediterranean on his way home from the Trojan War, it sounds like the movie may skip all that and focus on the second half of Homer’s epic, which takes place after Odysseus has arrived incognito on his home island of Ithaca. The Hollywood Reporter reports:

The story centers on the legendary hero Odysseus, famed king of Ithaca, who returns to his island after 20 years of fighting the Trojan Wars, only to find his kingdom under the brutal occupation of an invading force. Odysseus single-handedly defeats every last man and takes back his wife, his son and his kingdom. . . .

The intent is to make not a sleepy swords-and-sandles epic but a bloody relentless revenge movie, something akin to “300″ meets “Taken.”

The script is by Ann Peacock, who may be best known for writing an early draft of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005); and the director attached to the project is Jonathan Liebesman, who is currently directing the alien-invasion flick Battle: Los Angeles.

Incidentally, Warner Brothers is also behind that futuristic, outer-space version of The Odyssey that was announced six months ago, starring Brad Pitt. I wonder how that one’s coming along?

APR 26 UPDATE: I just remembered, Warner Brothers was also the studio behind Oliver Stone’s Alexander (2004) — though that one didn’t do so well at the box office. Even so, it’s just further proof that, as the Hollywood Reporter puts it, someone at that studio “clearly has an affinity for feta.”

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).

  • http://opuszine.com/ opus

    The Odyssey is considered a “sleepy swords-and-sandles epic”?!? What with all of the cyclops, cannibals, witches turning people into swine, shipwrecks, and love affairs?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08741378159534413277 Magnus

    Insert the appropriate deleteable expletives that would expect to come from my mouth at this point. But I agree with Opus whole-heartedly. These illiterate retards who make these decisions have just got to go. Who wants an Odyssey without the journey? Oh right, the illiterate half-wits and clueless morons that they cater too. Insert more deleteable expletives here.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07395937367596387523 Peter T Chattaway

    Would you still want to see Sean Bean in the role, if it meant seeing him in a film such as this?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08741378159534413277 Magnus

    No, probably not. From the description it sounds like they would be better off with Mel Gibson.


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