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Warner Bros. Plans A Space Odyssey
Homer, not Kubrick this time

15 January 2013  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Deadline

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Homer's Odyssey

Once in a while, we hear tell of a project that sees a classic tale being given an update. More often than not, it seems a studio has the idea to take some ancient tale and give it a sci-fi spin. The latest example is Homer’s The Odyssey, which Warner Bros. has once more decided would make for a great adventure set in space.

James DiLapo, who has one unproduced script – Black List Soviet drama Devils At Play – to his name so far, has been hired to write the futuristic re-imagining of the Greek epic.

Sadly, we're not talking about a mega-budget live-action version of classic '80s 'toon Ulysses 31. No details have yet been released about the new movie’s take on Homer’s follow-up to The Iliad (which formed the basis for Wolfgang Petersen’s Troy in 2004). But The Odyssey follows Odysseus’ long, difficult journey to return home after the Siege of Troy, even as suitors queue up to marry his wife and take over his fortune.

According to Deadline, 1821 Pictures executive Terry Douglas had the idea to re-set the story in space, and brought the idea to the studio years ago along with Paris Kasidokostas. For a while, it even attracted Troy’s Brad Pitt, but nothing happened. Now DiLapo’s pitch has got everyone (except perhaps Pitt, who is not mentioned) excited again.

Whether it can actually make it to the screen this time is anyone’s guess, but Warners definitely thinks this could be franchise material.

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RE: Ulysses 31
Ewan McGregor for Ulysses! More

Posted by Darth Marenghi at 14:40 on 20 January 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Ulysses 31
What! Are you fucking kidding me? Best news /b]:D] God i used to love Ulysses! Its my idea of 80's cartoon heaven! EDIT: and then i read the actual article More

Posted by Nexus Wookie at 11:34 on 20 January 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Ulysses 31
YES! remember this, gawd brings back memories - looking forward to the movie but to be honest like all "remakes"they are never as good as the originals? More

Posted by morphman at 05:19 on 20 January 2013 | Report This Post

Ulysses 31
I was thinking the exact same thing :) That cartoon was brilliant and had a real mature feel to it. Haven't seen it in years, but still remember the cheesy theme song! If this film turns out half as memorable as that, should be interesting. More

Posted by sirvolkar at 07:26 on 15 January 2013 | Report This Post

ULYSSES 31, Anyone?
Empire readers of a certain age will remember the amazing cartoon series that took Homers Odyssey to Space - Ulysses 31. The production design was incredible - taking classic greek elements and making them elegantly Futuristic. Yeah, the theme song was cheesy but the actual sound track would make Vangelis cry. What was the best thing about the show was its sombre, eerie tone - this wasn't no thigh slapping swashbucker for kiddies. I brought the box set of it when it came out and it more More

Posted by ramseyrocks at 05:50 on 15 January 2013 | Report This Post

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