Homer’s The Odyssey to Be Adapted by The Hunger Games Director
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After the success of mutli-film adaptations of Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter, Hollywood is turning to a more ancient fantasy text: Homer’s The Odyssey.
Lionsgate is currently developing a multi-part adaptation of Homer’s epic poem with several Hunger Games alum: director Francis Lawrence, producer Nina Jacobson, and writer Peter Craig. According to Variety, Lionsgate is “heavily focused on franchises.” Deadline reports:
The epic has been done several times by Hollywood in films and TV, either directly or indirectly. Kirk Douglas starred in the 1954 film Ulysses, and films from Tim Burton’s Big Fish to Joel and Ethan Coen’s O Brother, Where Are Thou, were said to be inspired by Homer’s famed poem…
Homer is believed to have composed “The Odyssey” in the 8th century B.C. The poem follows Odysseus’s journey home following the fall of Troy, while his wife Penelope wards off suitors competing for her hand in marriage.
While there is no release date set quite yet, Lionsgate’s newest adaptation will be eagerly anticipated.