Warner Bros. Set Fedor Bondarchuk To Direct ODYSSEUS

The studio has hired Russian director Fedor Bondarchuk (Stalingrad) to helm their "large-scale" take on Homer's epic poem, The Odyssey. This one has been planned for a while, and now it seems we'll finally see Odysseus/Ulysses battle the Cyclops on the big screen.

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By Mark "RorMachine" Cassidy - 7/2/2014

Deadline report that Warner Bros. has hired Fedor Bondarchuk to direct Odysseus, their big screen adaptation of Homer’s poem "The Odyssey". The story follows Greek king Odysseus (better known to '80s cartoon fans as Ulysses) as he journeys home after the 10-year long Trojan war. encountering many perils and mythical beasts, including the Cyclops Polyphemus. The character was actually played by Sean Bean in the movie Troy, though that adaptation removed all fantasy elements from the story. Jeremy Doner is on script duties, with Gianni Nunnari, Bernie Goldmann and Shannon Gaulding producing.
Source: Deadline
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RR51 - 7/2/2014, 3:06 AM
Have no idea about the director, but the story was written for a blockbuster and it's being written by the guy who wrote the Killing, so this could actually be decent time at the movies.
Mothchild - 7/2/2014, 3:12 AM
Alrighty then
ICEMAN5151 - 7/2/2014, 3:13 AM
DARE I SAY...EPIC!
IronAngelX - 7/2/2014, 3:25 AM
About time they made this.
McGee - 7/2/2014, 3:25 AM
All I remember from reading it in school was...they go to this one island, where they meet Circe. She transforms all his men into pigs and Odysseus bangs this chick all day, every day for like...years or something. Then one day, he wakes up and is all like "I must finish my mission!"


Nubase - 7/2/2014, 3:29 AM
Biblical tales are coming back to the big screen, there a cleopatra in the works with jolie playing her, ridley scotts Noah with bale in the title role and now this
McGee - 7/2/2014, 3:29 AM
The moral of the story being....you can only bang a chick for so long before you get tired of her.
HeroWithAThousandFaces - 7/2/2014, 3:29 AM
Loved the book! About time they made this into a film. Better be epic.
jonnytheshirt - 7/2/2014, 3:37 AM
Ulysses 31, don't know if the US got that animated series, but it was a real gem from my childhhod. A Japanese-French collaboration, was a rare and pretty awesome 80's series.
mgeoff88 - 7/2/2014, 3:42 AM
This sounds like this could have a lot of potential.
Mothchild - 7/2/2014, 3:42 AM
@ johhnytheshirt

that is one of the best series!! Loved watching that growing up. City of Gold was good too.

DrNomid - 7/2/2014, 3:56 AM
Ok, I'm russian, I know who Bondarchuk is...and now I;m a little scared for Odysseus
SuperCat - 7/2/2014, 4:05 AM


RexDartEskimoSpy - 7/2/2014, 4:21 AM
Y'know what would be a better title that Odysseus? THE ODYSSEY.

Biblical tales are coming back to the big screen, there a cleopatra in the works with jolie playing her, ridley scotts Noah with bale in the title role and now this


Wow. You need to cut back on the glue sniffing, Nubase.
MsDarkPhoenix - 7/2/2014, 4:27 AM
Awesome, ruin more great ancient Greek poems by turning them into stupid movies, YOU CAN DO IT!!!

And don't you dare tell me that I shouldn't judge before I see it, 100% of the movie adaptations of such myths turn out to be just stupid movies that are hardly based on the original story so [frick] off.

GREEK AND PROUD MOTHER[frick]ERS!!!!!
MsDarkPhoenix - 7/2/2014, 4:30 AM
@McGee He actually [frick]s Circe for some days but it turns out that eveyday in her island is a whole year in the real world so he leaves her to go back to his wife Penelope and son Telemachus, who he saw as a baby and came back when he was 20!! What an amazing father :P
Ace101 - 7/2/2014, 4:41 AM
Great story but like all greek myth movies they wont do em justice. Currently reading the Illiad for the first time in ages.
Mothchild - 7/2/2014, 4:42 AM
@ MsDarkPhoenix

I hope he's into MILFs then.
Super12 - 7/2/2014, 4:45 AM
Looking forward to this. Thatd be cool if they got Sean Bean back for it
Alien - 7/2/2014, 4:47 AM
Brainiac13 - 7/2/2014, 4:51 AM
@jonnytheshirt
@Mothchild

I loved this show..

Brainiac13 - 7/2/2014, 4:53 AM
Mothchild - 7/2/2014, 4:59 AM
@ Brainiac13 and jonnytheshirt

I have two distinct memories of that show; the Sisyphus episode and when all the crew members were floating in the ship in a coma state.

good times, good times.
OpticBlastWins - 7/2/2014, 6:09 AM
Troy was amazing but they need to keep the fantasy in this one. Im sure they tried real hard to make the troy sequel but knew it wouldnt hold up
shabat - 7/2/2014, 6:26 AM
I'm with DarkPheonix on this one. I just have a bad feeling it's gonna be more Clash of Titans or whatever that weak shit was.

@Alien that's hilarious that same line ran through my head as I was reading this!
blackandyellow - 7/2/2014, 6:46 AM
Greece had to sell the movie rights to their history in order to avoid bankruptcy.
jonnytheshirt - 7/2/2014, 7:06 AM
@Brainiac13 & Mothchild - oh yeah, back in the day when theme tunes were theme tunes. I dunno if its just me but most TV series nowadays have totally forgettable music. I reckon Daft Punk were big fans as their animation circa Discovery album INterstella 5555 was very like U31.
MsDarkPhoenix - 7/2/2014, 7:11 AM
@b&y I've said like a million times that we should ask for money for the movie rights!! But apparently, I guess since the writers are dead for centuries, we can't claim them...
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 7/2/2014, 7:30 AM
Can't believe it took this long to launch an Odyssey movie.
MercwithMouth - 7/2/2014, 7:39 AM
Cool. It's a great story, hope they do it right.

And can some give @Nubase a clue please? Cleopatra and The Odyssey, biblical? Dafuq?
RetroFit - 7/2/2014, 7:41 AM
I thought it was the director of 'Stalingrad' from 1993, which was an EXCELLENT film. The 2013 is one I have not seen. No opinion.
RetroFit - 7/2/2014, 7:43 AM
Give me effects by Ray Harryhausen instead of the over the top crap CGI we've seen in the new Clash movies and I'm in.
Dmon - 7/2/2014, 7:58 AM
Sean Bean should be King Odysseus
SCURVYDOG619 - 7/2/2014, 8:57 AM
Meanwhile, a God of War movie just sits in development hell....
Ranger14 - 7/2/2014, 10:16 AM
It would need to be done as a trilogy to do it justice and yes, don't give us another Clash of the Titans (as in the reboot).
fettastic - 7/2/2014, 10:27 AM
They should call it "TROY 2" just to [frick] with people.
Tony93 - 7/2/2014, 10:30 AM
why not just make an AQUAMAN movie
SniktBub - 7/2/2014, 11:23 AM
A couple months ago, I wrote a huge plan for a Greek mythology cinematic universe, starting with Heracles and Jason and the Argonauts. It included the Epic Cycle of Troy, the Theban Cycle (Oedipus, 7 against Thebes, Epigoni) And heroes like Perseus, Theseus, and Bellophon. I even wrote a small basic outline for each of the 23 films. It was awesome
Ace101 - 7/2/2014, 6:15 PM
@SniktBub dude that sounds awesome!!ive been wanting to see something like that for years now.
loki668 - 7/2/2014, 11:51 PM
They have, yet, to make an acceptable version of The Iliad, so I'm not holding out hope on this.

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