While such as The Coen Brothers have flirted with the influence of ancient epic poems, in O Brother Where Art Thou? and Inside Llewyn Davis, but it’s been a few years since US producers did a full-scale film based on one of Homer’s works. (Troy, from 2004, adapted The Iliad.) Enter Fedor Bondarchuk, whose WWII action film Stalingrad was the highest-grossing Russian film of 2013, and the first IMAX 3D film to be shot in Russia. He has now made a deal with Warner Bros. to adapt The Odyssey for Warner Bros.
Bondarchuk’s film Odysseus will be a “large-scale” film that tackles the story of its namesake hero, who spends a decade attempting to return home to Ithaca after the Trojan War. As Odysseus navigates fantastic peril, his wife and son, believing him dead, deal with their own problems at home. Read More »
Late last week, Warner Bros won a bidding war against Paramount Pictures to gain the rights to Jonathan Liebesman‘s Odysseus, a retelling of the story of the legendary Greek King and hero of Homer’s epic poem, the Odyssey. After fighting in the Trojan Wars for 20 years, Odysseus returned home to find his kingdom under the brutal occupation. He is forced to single-handedly fight a battle against an invading force, in order to take back his wife, his son and his kingdom. Producer Gianni Nunnari came up with the story in a general meeting with Liebesman, who brought in screenwriter Ann Peacock who wrote the filmmaker’s Sundance Film Festival thriller The Killing Room.
Listen, I use to call Jonathan Liebesman a hack, His early film efforts left a lot to be desired. We’re talking about the guy who made Darkness Falls and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning. However, my view of Liebesman changed completely after I screened The Killing Room at Sundance. You can tell Liebesman really tried with this film, and created a movie he wanted to see, instead of a movie the studio demanded. It was enough for me to completely forget his earlier horror efforts.
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