Homer’s The Odyssey is one of the greatest works of classic literature. It’s got a cyclops, a witch-goddess, and an army of giant cannibals. So what could possibly make such an epic tale even better? Space.
Or at least that’s what Warner Bros. is banking on. The studio recently hired screenwriter James DiLapo to pen a sci-fi version of the story with the hope of launching a new franchise.
Deadline was the first to break the story of the new Odyssey, which is being produced by Terry Dougas and Paris Kasidokostas Latsis of 1821 Pictures, as well as David Heyman, who produced the Harry Potter series.
For those unfamiliar with the classic, The Odyssey tells the story of Odysseus, a warrior trying to make his way home after the Trojan War to stop his wife from remarrying. It’s a sequel of sorts to The Iliad, which modern audiences may recall from Troy, the 2004 film adaptation starring Brad Pitt.
Interestingly, Brad Pitt was also originally attached to star in this film when it was first announced back in 2008. George Miller (Mad Max) was attached as director, which would have been a pretty good combination. That being said, there’s still plenty of potential in the movie. It all depends on how DiLapo pitched the story.
DiLapo is a fast-rising screenwriter, having recently earned a spot on the 2012 Black List for his screenplay Devil’s At Play, which also won him the 2012 Nicholl Fellowship.
It’s easy to laugh at this idea as just another Hollywood high-concept run amok, but The Odyssey would actually work great as a sci-fi film. Take another look at my first paragraph: a cyclops, a witch-goddess, and an army of giant cannibals. Don’t those things fit right into the world of science-fiction?
We’ll keep an eye on this story, but in the meantime, let us know what you think of having a sci-fi version of Homer’s classic.