Variety reports that Brad Pitt and Warner Bros. are teaming up for their second Homeric adaptation. The first one was Troy, which was loosely based on "The Iliad", and had Pitt running around showing off more than just his Achilles' heel. Now they're combining forces again, and this time it's to bring "The Odyssey" to the big screen. If you thought their first effort was a loose adaptation, just wait till you find out that this one will be set in space. Outer space. That's that big black thing in the sky that's full of stars. So Odysseus' ships will probably have hyper-drives, his son Telemachus will be an android, Poseidon will be a Vogon, and Odysseus will be called Major Tom.
It's like they took the things in Troy that inspired some of the most common criticisms and multiplied them exponentially. If people thought the last adaptation was too modern and took too much artistic license, just wait till the gods are replaced by laser beams and teleporters. Or maybe by setting the action so far off the course of the original, they're hoping to avoid the ire of critical pans and historical nitpickers. I guess it's harder for people to complain that the ancient Greek setting is inaccurate if there is absolutely no ancient Greek setting.
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