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Homer's classic ancient epic The Odyssey to see a new cinematic adaptation... set in space?

Jan. 15, 2013by: Alejandro Stepenberg

The Odyssey - boat drawing

While this is hardly strange news for Hollywood, that doesn't make it any less eyebrow-raising of a reality.

Last seen on the small screen in 1997 and sort of on the large screen in 2000 with O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU, Homer's ancient epic THE ODYSSEY has hardly received the grand treatment one might thing its characters and creatures so call out for.  Island witches, cyclopses (cyclopii?), divine intervention, sea monsters, archery contests, extensive bloodshed, the sort of fascinatingly clever puzzle solving done under extreme duress - it's all there, wrapped up in one man's massive ten year quest to make it home from the ruins of Troy to his wife and son.

Or make it back to Earth, rather.  I assume, as that's the only assumption I can make from the space-based proposition Warner Brothers is touting as its next big thing.  Already planned to potentially be a franchise, the concept was initially hatched by Terry Douglas of 1821 Pictures (JANE GOT A GUN) and has since been passed along to screenwriter James DiLapo (whose pitch helped capture studio interest).  DiLapo, a recent graduate of NYU, saw his first script DEVILS AT PLAY score both a place on the 2012 Black List and a Nicholls Fellowship (which, considering its stipend and prestige, is a bit of a big deal).  So this is a great opportunity for him - let's hope that it is equally so for audiences.

With the sprawling adaptation DiLapo has before him and the sort of pre-planning needed to bring a high-concept project like this to fruition, I imagine that it will be some time before we hear more regarding its progress.  In the interim, for all you fans of Homer's poem out there: what aspects of the new space-based setting excite you the most, and which generate the most apprehension in your literary-loving hearts?

The Odyssey - small map

This is why we ask for directions.

Extra Tidbit: I had a philosophy teacher in high school who used PLANET OF THE APES (the original) to teach us about Plato's Republic. And it just about worked.

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7:22AM on 01/15/2013
So this movie will be called... SPACE ODYSSEY?
So this movie will be called... SPACE ODYSSEY?
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1:49AM on 01/15/2013
I remember this thing having been discussed a long time ago with Brad Pitt to star. Guess they won't let this one go, huh.
I remember this thing having been discussed a long time ago with Brad Pitt to star. Guess they won't let this one go, huh.
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9:50AM on 01/15/2013
Interesting idea and I'd like to see what comes of it. However, I'd much rather have a big screen treatment of The Odyssey that's true to the original story. I'd like Sean Bean to reprise the role he played in Troy, though I do understand that movie was made w/o the supernatural elements included. At least Bean would get to live in this one. :)
Interesting idea and I'd like to see what comes of it. However, I'd much rather have a big screen treatment of The Odyssey that's true to the original story. I'd like Sean Bean to reprise the role he played in Troy, though I do understand that movie was made w/o the supernatural elements included. At least Bean would get to live in this one. :)
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1:19PM on 01/15/2013
Yes! From he minute Troy came out I was like "I want The Odyssey with Sean Bean as the star"
Yes! From he minute Troy came out I was like "I want The Odyssey with Sean Bean as the star"
2:34AM on 01/15/2013

This was done in the 80s already

For those of you too young to remember or did not get to catch it witness the awesome power of Ulysses 31! Remember Ulysses is the roman name for Odysseus
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For those of you too young to remember or did not get to catch it witness the awesome power of Ulysses 31! Remember Ulysses is the roman name for Odysseus
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8:08AM on 01/15/2013
Awesome series. If they can capture anything like that sort of vibe with this film it could be worth a look.
Awesome series. If they can capture anything like that sort of vibe with this film it could be worth a look.
8:05AM on 01/15/2013
Now this sounds much better than the horrid news of Ben-Hur remake.
Now this sounds much better than the horrid news of Ben-Hur remake.
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11:05AM on 01/15/2013

NOt Original at all....

but a good Idea, Ulisses 31 was a good series.
but a good Idea, Ulisses 31 was a good series.
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7:38AM on 01/15/2013
On one hand, The Odyssey is a fantasy adventure with the action and spectacle that appeals to Generation Y, Hollywood's key demographic. A faithful adaptation would have the same appeal as the LOTR films. And, most people have not read the book; therefore, the story would be new to them.
However, is a sci-fi version one way to teach people The Odyssey? Is a futurisitc adaptation one way to make the ancient epic more pertinent? Does literature re-interpret other literature all of the time?
On one hand, The Odyssey is a fantasy adventure with the action and spectacle that appeals to Generation Y, Hollywood's key demographic. A faithful adaptation would have the same appeal as the LOTR films. And, most people have not read the book; therefore, the story would be new to them.
However, is a sci-fi version one way to teach people The Odyssey? Is a futurisitc adaptation one way to make the ancient epic more pertinent? Does literature re-interpret other literature all of the time? Sure. Therefore, a space Odyssey is a decent idea. We shall see if we shall see the final product.
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12:21PM on 01/15/2013

I'm down with this

If you can adapt Shakespeare into awesome sci-fi (Forbidden Planet) then I see no reason why you can't do it with Homer.
If you can adapt Shakespeare into awesome sci-fi (Forbidden Planet) then I see no reason why you can't do it with Homer.
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12:49PM on 01/15/2013
This could work or could not. The only sad part is that they aren't basing it on the novel 'Space Chantey,' which is precisely the same concept. The Odyssey, but in space. It's a fun old book, very quirky, and R.A. Lafferty (the author) deserves far more recognition than he receives.
This could work or could not. The only sad part is that they aren't basing it on the novel 'Space Chantey,' which is precisely the same concept. The Odyssey, but in space. It's a fun old book, very quirky, and R.A. Lafferty (the author) deserves far more recognition than he receives.
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12:04PM on 01/15/2013

Based on the animated series ?

Why not, but they better keep Nono the robot. He was so badass he had his own solo in the opening credits (at least in France)
Why not, but they better keep Nono the robot. He was so badass he had his own solo in the opening credits (at least in France)
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5:09PM on 01/15/2013
I can not believe it......just check http://2.gp/qmqA
I can not believe it......just check http://2.gp/qmqA
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