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Warner Bros. to make Homer's 'The Odyssey'... In space!

Why has this never happened before?

By Corwin Neuse Jan 15, 2013 10:07AM
Well, they've finally done it! In what must be great news for literary-minded high school students and/or college freshman too lazy to even read the Cliff Notes version, Warner Bros. has announced their intentions to make a film out of Homer's epic "The Odyssey." In space!

Similar to previous, slightly-altered-from-their-source-material adaptations like the Coen Brothers' "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"—also based on "The Odyssey"—or Alfonso Cuarón's "Great Expectations," this new "Odyssey" promises to be close enough to the original to appear helpful, but different enough to be academically worthless. As in, good luck citing it in your term paper's bibliography.

According to Deadline, Warner Bros. has tapped recent NYU alum and 2012 Black List nominee James DiLapo to write the screenplay, with the idea of turning the property into a franchise. Which seems slightly foolish, considering Homer himself never deigned to write a sequel. Although, they could go backwards and make a prequel, so as to make "The Illiad" in space. But would they go in that direction so soon after Wolfgang Peterson's more straight-up "Illiad" adaptation "Troy?" Wait, we forgot who we were talking about here. Of course they would!

What do you think, Hitlisters? Are you interested in seeing "The Odyssey" in space? Can you conceive of a franchise based on that premise? And whom should the producers seek to play Odysseus, so memorably portrayed in "Troy" by international treasure Sean Bean? As always, let us know in the comments... 
Jan 16, 2013 9:08AM
As we have seen for decades, Hollywood is simply out of origianl ideas.
Jan 16, 2013 9:45AM
This was done years ago when i was a kid
Jan 16, 2013 8:40AM
I'd rather just see a thoughtful and accurate version of it as it was written, but if they make it without the awful designs of Eric Chu, I'm onboard.  I'm sick of his poorly proportioned and poorly conceived spaceships.  Get some real designs for it, and maybe it will have a chance.
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