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Warner Brothers Making Odyssey in Space (Homer not 2001)

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trade News | January 15, 2013 | Comments ()


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Senior year of high school a group of us got extraordinarily excited about the next Star Trek film. This was in the wake of the perfectly passable Star Trek: First Contact, and before the abominations that were Insurrection and Nemesis. The rumor was that the film would be the Odyssey set in space, with Picard as Odysseus and Q in the role of one or more of the gods. This was before the Internet was the cesspool of filth and rumor it is today (it was more a cess-teaspoon than a pool), so I have no idea from whence this idea originated. But my god it was fantastic in our heads. Of course it never happened.

Warner Brothers though may be giving us the next best thing, having signed James DiLapo (who is a young screenwriter with no actual credits to his name, though he does have a script on the 2012 Blacklist of fantastic screenplays looking for money) to adapt Homer's The Odyssey into space. This can only be good, because by definition all stories are better with "in space" tacked onto the pitch, just like all fortune cookies are better with "in bed" tacked onto the end. Although come to think of it, I think I like my fortunes better with "in space" than "in bed".

Apparently the idea has been bouncing around for a while, and there is already a producer involved (Terry Dougas), and a couple of year ago Brad Pitt was rumored to be starring. Of course after the looming disaster of World War Z, I'm inclined to be satisfied that he's faded from the rumors.

(source: SlashFilm)



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  • Palaeologos

    I'm going to miss "the wine-dark sea."

  • Buck Forty

    I think you're on to something. This is a great way for Hollywood to breathe new life into its reboots:

    Top Gun in Space (Tom Cruise in a spaceship, blasting Thetoids!)
    Beverly Hills Space Cop (Eddie Murphy chases the guy that killed his partner all the way to Uranus. hilarity ensues!)
    The Amazing Spider-Man in Space (Spidey in a spaceship! Because there are no buildings to sling his web from)
    Thelma & Louise in Space (Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis didn't just drive off a cliff - they drove into A WORMHOLE!!)
    Escape from Mars (Snake Pilsen is again trapped inside a desolate prison - this time ON MARS!!)
    Die Hard 7 (Bruce Willis is trapped on a space shuttle taken over by terrorists in this loose adaption of the seminal UK TV show 'Blakes 7')
    The Dark Knight vs Bat-Mite (based on the 1959 comic, Batman - now played by Channing Tatum, takes on a creature from the 5th dimension in an interplanetary battle)

  • Idle Primate

    more anything in space please

  • Mary

    Even though Troy was a terrible mess, Sean Bean is still the only actor I can see playing Odysseus, on any planet. Plus, he'd be able to keep his head in this one!

  • Tinkerville

    It'll be incredibly hard to beat O Brother Where Art Thou as far as film adaptations of The Odyssey go, but I'm excited to see what they'll do with this.

  • Idle Primate

    yup

  • BWeaves

    'This can only be good, because by definition all stories are better with
    “in space” tacked onto the pitch, just like all fortune cookies are
    better with “in bed” tacked onto the end.'

    Hum, I think I like "in my pants" tacked onto the end better than "in space" or "in bed."

    The Odyssey In My Pants.

    Cyclops In My Pants.

    The Trojan Women In My Pants.

    Electra In My Pants.

    The Knights In My Pants.

    The Wasps In My Pants.

    The Frogs In My Pants.

    The Clouds In My Pants.

    The Supplicants In My Pants.

  • Dragonchild

    Sounds fun. Let's try some more!

    Saw In My Pants
    The Shining In My Pants
    Grumpy Old Men In My Pants
    The Abyss In My Pants
    Piranha In My Pants
    Event Horizon In My Pants

    Um. . . uh. . . I'm not sure that's how it was supposed to work out.

    I. . . I. . . I LIKE it!

  • Mrs. Julien

    I would like to formerly object to any wasps and/or frogs being in my pants.

  • BWeaves

    OK, well, I was thinking of WASPS (White Anglo Saxon Protestants) and Frogs (Frenchmen), although I don't think that's what the ancient Greeks had in mind.

  • Mrs. Julien

    I'd make an exception for Matthew Macfadyen and a hot French guy to be named later.
    Subject: [jiba] Re: Warner Brothers Making Odyssey in Space (Homer not 2001)

  • bleujayone

    Japan beat you to it by a few decades. You might have heard of it in its English version...Star Blazers.

  • Tribalchris

    meh - it's been done! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U...

  • Fabius_Maximus

    I indistinctly remember that one. From way back.

    Shit, I'm old.

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