Lionsgate to Develop Grand Retelling of Homer’s Odyssey

odyssey-homerNow that The Hunger Games has been put to bed, Lionsgate have enlisted director, Francis Lawrence in to direct a grand-scale retelling of history’s greatest voyage home, Homer’s The Odyssey.

Also along for the ride are, Peter Craig to write and Nina Jacobson to produce. Lawrence directed three of the four Hunger Games movies, the last of which, Mockingjay part 2 hits cinemas in November.

Lionsgate has put this on a fast track. The plan is to begin production early next year, right after the filmmakers complete promotion of Mockingjay – Part 2, which will be released November 20. Motion Picture Group co-president Erik Feig is overseeing this with exec production veep Jim Miller and development director James Myers. The project took root when Feig pitched it to Lawrence in Paris while they worked on the Hunger Games finale.

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 about a long voyage home after the conclusion of the Trojan War.

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