One of Homer’s most endearing works will be coming to the screen. While “The Iliad” was adapted into the movie “Troy,” the same will be said for “The Odyssey.” But, instead looking to the past, the movie will fly into the future.
Warner Brothers has hired James DiLapo to work on the Sci-Fi epic which will use Homer’s epic poem as a direct source. This will be one of the first projects DiLapo will be working on for a major studio. Even though he is a newcomer, he does come with an amount of acclaim. DiLapo’s first script “Devils at Play” which is a paranoid thriller set in 1937 Russia, won the Nicholl Fellowship and a spot on the 2012 Black List. He has been regarded well enough that the studio has made a deal to keep him long-term.
The idea to change the temporal setting of the story was proposed by Terry Douglas along with partner Paris Kasidokostas. Both are currently working on the 2014 Western “Jane Got a Gun,” starring Natalie Portman and Michael Fassbender.
Warner Bros. also made “Troy” starring Brad Pitt as Achilles and it seemed that he would have been part of “The Odyssey,” but that is not the case anymore. The story line for “The Odyssey” follows Odysseus as he struggles to find his way back home and encounters various mystical beings. His personal life is also at stake as unbeknownst to him, his wife is entertaining suitors.
With details sparse, it remains to be seen who else will be involved.