Brad Pitt will star in Odyssey, a sci-fi version of Homer’s Odyssey. The movie, backed by Warner Bros. will be directed by George Miller, Oscar winning director of Happy Feet.
Brad Pitt had earlier player Achilles in the 2004 Troy, based on Homer’s The Iliad. The movie got Pitt a fair bit of drubbing.
The sci-fi Odyssey will be set in outer space, according to Variety. So those of you looking forward to Brad Pitt’s toned thighs in a skirt can forget about it. But really Odyssey set in outer space? The mind boggles.
In Homer’s Odyssey, Greek general Odysseus is returning to his wife Penelope in Ithaca, after the Trojan war. But Odyssey has to deal with sea-nymphs, witches, monsters, and cyclops for 10 years before he can return.
Brad Pitt will be seen next in David Fincher’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, the story of a man who ages backwards, later in 2008. The movie also stars Cate Blanchett and Tilda Swinton.
Brad Pitt will then appear in The Tree of Life, set in the 1950s, in 2009.
The other Brad Pitt movies in production and post-production are Tarantino’s Inglorious Bastards, The Fighter, Chad Schmidt, and Dirty Tricks.
Brad Pitt’s sci-fi Odyssey will be produced by his own company Plan B.
Earlier, Brad Pitt has produced The Departed and Running with Scissors in 2006, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, and co-produced A Mighty Heart in 2007. Brad Pitt has also exec produced Year of the Dog in 2007 and Shantaram that will be released in 2009.
A few days before the announcement of Odyssey, director Ridley Scott, has also announced his first science film, Forever War, since Blade Runner and Alien. Forever War will be based on Joe Haldeman’s 1974 novel, “The Odyssey by way of Blade Runner.”
But that at least is a sci-fi novel to start with.