Warner Bros. plans futuristic version of The Odyssey

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 15 January 2013
Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt

Warner Bros. will bring Homer's epic poem 'The Odyssey' to the big screen with an Outer Space twist on the Greek story

Warner Bros. is planning a futuristic retelling of 'The Odyssey'.

The film will be inspired by Homer's epic Greek poem about hero Odysseus who battles a series of obstacles on a decade-long journey home after fighting in the Trojan war, with the action transported to an Outer Space setting.

Brad Pitt, who starred in a 2004 Warner Bros. movie based on prequel tale 'The Illiad', 'Troy', was reportedly attached to star in the new project but dropped out.

James DiLapo is set to pen a script, while David Heyman is on board to produce.

According to Deadline.com, 1821 Pictures executive Terry Douglas had the idea to transport the ancient tale into a science-fiction future.

While the Space setting might seem strange, the mythical creatures the hero encounters like witch-goddess Circe and fearsome six-headed monster Scylla could easily be re-imagined as inter-galactic aliens.

The studio is hoping the film could be part of a big blockbuster franchise, with Odysseus' journey back to his wife Penelope - who must deal with a group of unruly suitors fighting to take her husband's place - broken up into different stages.

Although 'Moneyball' actor Brad is unlikely to take on the role of Odysseus, he is currently negotiating a role as biblical figure Pontius Pilate in a new project also pitched by Warner Bros.

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