Lionsgate Developing New 'Odyssey' Movie with Francis Lawrence
What do you do after earning boatloads of money for Lionsgate making three Hunger Games movies? You adapt Homer's Odyssey of course! Deadline is reporting that Lionsgate has put a brand new version of The Odyssey on the "fast track" for director Francis Lawrence following his work on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 this fall. In fact, they've gone all out bringing the whole team back, including producer Nina Jacobson (Hunger Games, Diary of a Wimpy Kid) and writer Peter Craig (The Town, Mockingjay Part 1 & 2, Top Gun 2, Hunter Killer), along with Francis Lawrence. Ten bucks says Jennifer Lawrence is going to be cast in this one somewhere. But it sounds like this will be quite something once they pull it off.
In the report, Deadline mentions that this was pitched directly to Francis Lawrence by Lionsgate's Motion Picture Group co-president Erik Feig, who "pitched it to Lawrence in Paris while they worked on the Hunger Games finale." It seemingly grabbed the interest of everyone, as they're moving fast to make this next. "The plan is to begin production early next year, right after the filmmakers complete promotion of Mockingjay - Part 2." Get the ships ready, it's time to take another voyage with Odysseus. I'm certainly curious to see this with so much enthusiasm behind it, maybe they'll really go all out and bring us something spectacular, befitting the true title of "epic" and hopefully not at all anything like Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods and Kings.
Homer's Odyssey has been adapted a few times before, with Kirk Douglas starring in the 1954 film Ulysses, and there's the made-for-TV movie of The Odyssey in 1997 starring Armand Assante, directed by Andrei Konchalovsky. Perhaps this new one will be a big budget, all-out epic take on the story of Odysseus's voyage home after the Trojan War, though we'll have to keep an eye out for updates from here. Stay tuned for more.