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Jonathan Liebesman To Direct Odysseus
Warners epic is the new Troy. Sort of.

27 April 2009  |  Written by Chris Hewitt  

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It’s been five years since Warner Bros. offered up Troy, Wolfgang Petersen’s old-fashioned epic based on Homer’s Iliad – and clearly the studio feels that there’s an appetite for more of the same, for they’ve just announced Odysseus, a movie that could almost be packaged as Troy 2.

Based on a script by Ann Peacock, Odysseus tells the story of the legendary Greek king, warrior and hero, who was of course the leading figure in Homer’s Odyssey. Odysseus won’t focus on his rambling ways, though – instead, it will find Odysseus returning home to Ithaca after twenty years of fighting the Trojan Wars, only to find that his own kingdom has been invaded by a brutal occupying force. Which even Alanis Morisette would find somewhat ironic (hot topical reference alert!).

It all sounds suitably epic. 300 producer Gianni Nunnari, no stranger to men running around in skimpy costumes waving swords, will oversee the movie, with up-and-coming director, Jonathan Liebesman set to, well, direct, just as soon as he’s finished with apocalyptic sci-fi thriller, Battle: Los Angeles.

Sean Bean played Odysseus, with considerable aplomb, in Troy, but given that this isn’t a direct sequel, it’s unlikely that Bean will be asked to dig out his 100% blade for Odysseus. Brad Pitt’s out for obvious reasons, so if you can think of any actor of a certain age and stature who could pull it off (steady now…), let us know in the comments section below.

 


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This isn't an invented plot. Only half of Homer's Odyssey deals with his 'ramblings', the second half deals with him returning to Ithaca where a local rally of men (generally referred to as 'the Suitors' as they are all trying to get Odysseus's wife Penelope to marry them in his absence) have taken over his palace, and basically declared themselves as in charge. I'm assuming this is what the film will concentrate on - but no doubt make them all into beefeaters, when they are in fact just fat odi More

Posted by moushki at 15:05 on 18 May 2009 | Report This Post

Sean Bean! No substitute. The only thing that allowed me to sit through Troy (besides Peter O'Toole's performance and the charming Eric Bana) was imagining the logical sequel, given Sean Bean's surprisingly deft inhabiting of the role. And he's easy on the eyes, too. All that maundering Homer does about the mighty thews of Odysseus... I could dig it. More

Posted by philomela27 at 04:00 on 28 April 2009 | Report This Post

OH NO
What?! This does sound awful! They've just taken the name of a great story, a classic, and invented their own?? Thats really bad! Cant they just give it different names, doesnt sound bad, well, its only bad when it is called the odyssey and essentially rides on a name and reputation. More

Posted by drake22 at 21:02 on 27 April 2009 | Report This Post

His brother
David Wenham. Because he IS the next Sean Bean. More

Posted by Bluehawk at 20:25 on 27 April 2009 | Report This Post

Michael Fassbender More

Posted by marleybobmarlon at 15:52 on 27 April 2009 | Report This Post

The Right Choice For Odysseus
Odysseus leavs for troy when he is in his mid 20's and if he only returns after 20 years or so then he was probably 45 or so. Which rugged, well spoken, intense, world-weary over the age of 40 with the gravitas to play such a heroic, cunning, warrior / semi-pacifist who originally tried to get out of it? Maybe Aaron eckhart or Thomas Jane? Personally despite him being older, I would go with Liam Neeson, he ticks all the other boxes, his performance in Kingdom of Heaven highlighted just how More

Posted by mr chips at 15:08 on 27 April 2009 | Report This Post

Only One Odysseus
It has to be Danny Trejo! About time he was a lead and he's still an extreme bad-ass. More

Posted by morrismaciver at 12:35 on 27 April 2009 | Report This Post

James Franco More

Posted by llyxja at 11:01 on 27 April 2009 | Report This Post

Trot! The Movie - sounds like a winner (no relation to Michael) More

Posted by iTod at 10:41 on 27 April 2009 | Report This Post

Eurgh
Isn't it enough that they have already butchered one classic epic without having to invent their own crap for a cash in? More

Posted by swordsandsandals at 09:34 on 27 April 2009 | Report This Post

trot was ok, but would love to see them have another go bet snuder to direct it, call it the illiayd and keeps it closer to the source material (gods and everything), as fot odyssey i hope they dont mess it up..... Maybe christian bale as odyssies could work..... or the blonde guy who dies next to leonidoes in 300 More

Posted by jothman at 07:11 on 27 April 2009 | Report This Post

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