Exclusive: Jonathan Liebesman Announces 'Spaghetti Gladiator' Project
by Alex Billington
January 27, 2009
South African director Jonathan Liebesman is finally starting to make a name for himself after directing Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning. He's got The Killing Room coming out of Sundance quite quite a bit of buzz and has already lined up the alien invasion film Battle: Los Angeles next. But what about after that? How about a "spaghetti gladiator" movie? Liebesman revealed to us in our interview last week the preliminary details on his next project following Battle: LA, which he referred to as "one of those spaghetti westerns, but it's a spaghetti gladiator movie, so it's like that kind of film." What to know more?
Liebesman revealed that it's a project he's working on with the producers of 300 that he hasn't said anything about until now. The film is about "the story of Odysseus and basically it's in the vein of the Clint Eastwood spaghetti westerns, or Yojimbo, where he comes back after 20 years at war and finds his island overtaken by bad guys and it's sort of a small taut kintetic action film of how this guy wins his island back." Liebesman also added that aforementioned bit about how it's like a western, but set in the time of ancient Greece instead. He will shoot and finish Battle: Los Angeles before he gets to this new project, meaning he'll get some experience shooting action first.
We're all familiar with the classic Odysseus story, which is why this seems pretty damn interesting. Anyone else think it could turn into something cool? We'll let you know once we hear more about the project.