Jonathan Liebesman to Direct Odysseus


Warner Brothers have added another Greek mythology-based sword-and-sandals epic to their upcoming slate after winning a bidding war this week for Odysseus. Inspired loosely by Homer’s Odyssey, the movie finds Odysseus returning to Ithaca after 20 years of fighting in the Trojan War where his his home is occupied by hostile forces. He single-handedly fights back and reclaims his kingdom. The movie is being billed as a bloody revenge flick akin to “300 meets Taken“.

Jonathan Liebesman (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, Darkness Falls) is attached to direct the film, from a script written by Ann Peacock (Nights in Rodanthe, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe). Although Peacock’s past work may not include a lot of violent, testosterone-driven flicks, she did write the script for Liebesman’s recent indie thriller The Killing Room.

Warner Brothers is no doubt hoping that this will be a nice complement to their Clash of the Titans remake. Personally I’m just hoping this doesn’t turn out to be another Troy, although Sean Bean did make a great Odysseus in that film. No word on if they will be going all green screen for this, but producer Gianni Nunnari and his production company Hollywood Gang did work on 300. Liebesman will still be directing his alien invasion movie Battle: Los Angeles before he turns his attention to Odysseus.

  • “after winning a bidding war this week for Odysseus. Inspired loosely by Homer’s Odyssey”

    this made me laugh, I imagined heated pitch sessions with the family of Homer and everyone is wearing togas! Seriously, how does this work with literature in public domain, can Paramount just say f*ck it and simply fast track their version?