There was quite a bit of movie gossip this past week … First, from the Hollywood Reporter (and other sources) we hear of a movie-to-be called Odysseus … inter alia:
Warners is going back to ancient Greece, winning a major spec script bidding war to pick up “Odysseus,” written by Ann Peacock, with Jonathan Liebesman attached to direct. Gianni Nunnari is producing via his Hollywood Gang Prods.
The story centers on the legendary hero Odysseus, famed king of Ithaca, who returns to his island after 20 years of fighting the Trojan Wars, only to find his kingdom under the brutal occupation of an invading force. Odysseus single-handedly defeats every last man and takes back his wife, his son and his kingdom.
- Warners wins epic ‘Odysseus’ bidding war (Hollywood Reporter)
- Warner Bros. pencils in ‘Odysseus’ (Variety)
- Odysseus film is ’300 meets Taken’ in tale of bloody revenge (Coventry Telegraph)
Centurion (based on Eagle of the Ninth) is being touted as a sort of allegory … The incipit of a brief item in the Telegraph:
Both are intended as allegories of recent American experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Kevin Macdonald, the director of The Last King of Scotland and State of Play, is directing the adaptation of Rosemary Sutcliffe’s 1954 novel The Eagle of the Ninth.
It tells of a disillusioned young Roman soldier who travels to Scotland to find out what happened to his father who fought there.
The Romans will be made to resemble American GIs in the film in a clear attempt to draw parallels between past and present, said Macdonald.
“In a way it is an Iraq or Afghanistan war film taking place in the second century,” he told The Times.
The second film to explore the same theme is Centurion, directed by Neil Marshall, who helped make the horror movie Dog Soldiers. It will look at the Roman army’s apparent defeat directly, rather than through the lens of the next generation.
… and last, but not least, Clash of the Titans has begun filming:
- Clash of the Titans Begins Filming (About.com)