Well, folks, I never thought this day would come, let alone under these circumstances. Homer’s The Odyssey is one of my favorite stories of all time and I have eagerly anticipate a big-scale adaptation brought to the screen. I have cast the characters in my head dozens of times, imagined my favorite scenes playing out over and over, and envisioned our hero, Odysseus, battling all sorts of creatures and gods.
Deadline reports that a film adaptation of The Odyssey is in fact on the horizon. The catch? It’s going to be in space. While a part of me is excited that this epic story is getting a big time treatment, the other part is very hesitant with this news. As I mentioned in earlier posts, 2013 is set to be the year of the sci-fi genre reviving itself and one can assume all sorts of films of the genre will be greenlit left and right, but should such a classic be retold through that filter?
What makes me more weary is that the man tapped to write the screenplay, James DiLapo has virtually no experience writing films, let along a big budget epic like the one you’d expect from The Odyssey. Sure, I can’ t hold this against him as I have not seen what he’s capable of, but I can still have my hesitations and worries. Apparently Warner Brothers likes him enough too, as they’ve locked him with a contract to write exclusively for the studio.
What are your thoughts on the Greek classic coming off the pages of history and up to the final frontier? Expect plenty of news, articles, and discussion surrounding The Odyssey to pop on The Cinematic Katzenjammer. We’ll have a lot to talk about.