Warner Bros. Planning ‘The Odyssey’ in Space

Published 2 years ago by , Updated January 15th, 2013 at 8:37 am,

The Odyssey in Space Warner Bros. Planning The Odyssey in Space

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.

Brad Pitt in Troy Warner Bros. Planning The Odyssey in Space

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.


Source: Deadline

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  1. Wow! Now that sounds cool, “The Odyssey in Space”



    • FACT: Space does not exist.

    • My thoughts exactly.

  3. Ulyses 31?

    • Haha…yeah,glad to see someone else remembers that :)
      Yeah,it would work well as it did already work well !
      Ulysses 31 was an great animation,just can recommend it to anyone !
      Hope this project gets real !

    • Just don’t bring back the animation’s theme song. Yikes!

      • What??!! Are you kidding me? That theme song was flippin’ Awesome!!

    • That’s the first thing that came to my mind! Awesome cartoon, always felt it was quite eerie to, with ships crew just floating there in a trance, great bearded hero tho!

    • Exactly. One of my favourite cartoons. I have them all on DVD.

      Also, it has the best theme song.

  4. I think it would be wonderful. I’d pay my good money to see it

  5. Will this Space Odyssey take place in 2001? Will Ulysses have a best friend named Hal? Let me guess: instead of Ulysses becoming a star child he instead becomes several stars and joins the other constellations.

    Everything about this idea just sounds like a really bad idea. It’s like they threw story ideas at a dart board and decided that whatever it hit would be set in space. I can do that. How about Jesus Christ Superstar In Space? Or The Twilight Saga In Space. No I got it: Space Dracula!

    • Actually, it’s a great idea. It already worked extremely well as an animated series in the 80′s.

      • They also did a movie in 2004 called Dracula 3000. It was Dracula in space. And it sucked.

        • Eh?

          Well the old skool cartoon was great. Besides, they aren’t actually making a movie of the cartoon. The idea has however been done before, and done very well.

      • I agree with you man, this could be really cool. put a venerable director on this and it could be an amazing movie :)

  6. My favorite adaptation of the story is “O Brother Where Art Thou”. Such a good movie!

    • +1

      • “I dont see what you’re getting at big dan?” “AAARRGH!!” *WHAM* hit in the head with a club.. favorite part of the movie haha

        • Damn, were in a tight spot!

  7. This sounds pretty cool! Funny no mentions of “2000: Space Odyssey” just for s***s and giggles.

    And while this is cool and I’d look forward to something like this, I also would like to see an Odyssey from the same universe as/as a sequel to Troy. Same cast and everything.

    • It’s 2001 my young son.

    • Wouldn’t it be like John Carter?

      That movie was a hot mess.

  8. Yes please! Most definitely interested!

  9. This is a great idea.

  10. John Carter?

    • idk man I dont think that comparison is very valid. the stories are completely different.

  11. I wish they’d get the rights to “Ulysses 31″ and do that. If not people are gonna get confused with “2001 A Space Odyssey” as has already happened above.

  12. its a good idea, if they translate it well it could be an incredible movie. its one of the best and most influential stories of all time. They need to be extremely careful tho or else it could end up like clash of the titans in space :(

  13. If this goes through then they’ll need to show a little bit of a space-y Trojan War. How would that work? The walls of troy mean nothing to spaceships. Maybe they would be energy fields or something, and maybe Troy could be a colony carved into an asteroid or comet. That would be cool.

  14. If they do like the Coen bros did in “O Brother Where Art Thou” and use the Odyssey as a basic structure for an original story I don’t see why this couldn’t be a gem of movie.

    Count me interested.

    • +1

  15. The odyssey is my favorite epic and although id love for them to finally give a big budget version of the original story, this sounds pretty damn cool too

  16. I think it’s a good idea though I think the best way to look at it is to look at how ‘Forbidden Planet’ drew on the story of “The Tempest”. You can see similar elements in the two stories but the setting or genre made for some interesting differences between the two. The better the writer is at adaptating those elements of pure Fantasy to plausible Science Fiction the better it’ll be.

    • Good point.

  17. ahh…to be a fly on the wall in that pitch meeting….

    • What, to witness the rapturous round of applause and pats on the back some lucky fellow would receive for pitching such awesomeness?!


      • Just to see how it’s done…like a boss, evidently.

  18. I hope it’s like Ulysses 31 animation if you haven’t watched do so NOW!!!! :)

  19. 2001 did this in 1968;HAL=Cyclops,TMA-1=Trojan Horse,hibernators=3 sailors who eat lotus,Elena=Helen,Jupiter monolith=Sirens,luring Dave into the Stargate,meteors=Laestrygonian rock attack,and at the close,the gods disguise the hero as an old man!!