Warner Bros. is visiting one of the original epic stories, The Odyssey, and they’ve found their man for the job. Deadline has revealed that Russian director Fedor Bondarchuk (9th Company, Stalingrad) will be at the helm of the film, titled Odysseus.
The new adaptation will be based on Homer’s poem, focusing on the Greek king’s return after ten years abroad fighting the Trojan War. Jeremy Doner, known as a writer on TV’s Damages and The Killing, is developing the script. It will be interesting to see how he breathes new life into this well-known tale. Bondarchuk’s partners Michael Schlict and Paul Heth will be producing the feature, along with Hollywood Gang’s Gianni Nunnari, Bernie Goldmann and Shannon Gaulding.
Fedor Bondarchuk will become the latest foreign director hired for a Hollywood studio film. He is a hit filmmaker in Russia and China, which are two countries the studios are eager to gain favour with. Bondarchuk is the son of award-winning filmmaker and actor Sergey Bondarchuk (War and Peace, Waterloo) and he appears to be equally ambitious. His latest feature, Stalingrad, was the first Russian movie made completely in 3D IMAX and the first non-North American film in the IMAX format. It wasn’t exactly praised for its drama, but the visuals more than belied its relatively small $30 million budget. Stay tuned for casting announcements.
For those interested, here’s the international trailer for Stalingrad: