An Odyssey TV Series?

Tip o’ the pileus to Diana Wright who sent this in earlier this week, but I only found it while doing my Explorator newsletter this a.m.. The incipit of an item from C21 (whatever that is):

Broadcasters in Italy, Finland, Brazil and Slovakia are onboard a new scripted series based on Homer’s The Odyssey.

Odysseus (12×52′) will be coproduced by French producers Making Prod and GMT for Arte France.

The first six episodes are based on the book, which begins in 8BC, 10 years after the end of the Trojan war. Odysseus, king of Ithaca, has still not returned home and his wife Penelope and son Telemachus are struggling to maintain order.

The second half of the TV series will take the characters beyond Homer’s story.

Created by Frédéric Azémar, Odysseus is distributed by Studio Hamburg in Germany and 100% Distribution, a joint venture between Making Prod and another French fiction producer, Tetra Media Studios.

Channels that have now picked up rights to the French-language series include Rai Uno (Italy), RTP (Portugal), Ceska TV (Czech Republic), SFTV (Switzerland), Novi Sad (Serbia), YLE (Finland), Markiza (Slovakia), Globo TV (Brazil) and international French channel TV5 Monde. […]

A press release from back in January (which I obviously missed) fills in some details:

The first season of Odysseus, now being filmed, recounts the events that took place in Ithaca while Ulysses was absent for 20 years. This new take on Homer’s The Odyssey features an enticing cast that includes Caterina Murino (Penelope), Niels Schneider (Telemachus), Karina Testa (Clea), Joseph Malerba (Mentor), Bruno Todeschini (Leocritus), Alessio Boni (Ulysses) and more.

The situation in Ithaca is critical. Ten years have passed since the Trojan War ended, and all the warriors have returned home, except for one: Ulysses, who is rumoured to have been lost at sea. Ithaca, deprived of its king for far too long, lacks many resources, and its people are beginning to complain.

Penelope maintains her husband’s throne as best she can and holds on to what little power she still has. Every day, she faces everyone’s doubts about Ulysses’ return, as well as the scheming of Leocritus, the head of the warriors with a claim to the throne. She protects her son Telemachus and keeps him at a safe distance from the games of power. Neither a great strategist nor a warrior, he must nevertheless take action on behalf of Ithaca. Will Telemachus be able to defend his father’s throne? And what if Ulysses returns after 20 years’ absence?

The distribution company (100% Distribution) has a teaser which suggests this might be not bad:

… in case it doesn’t come up, here’s the page whence it came …

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