At first, it sounds pretty routine: Variety reports
that Brad Pitt has added a new adaptation of The Odyssey
to his roster as a
producer, and Warner Bros. is reportedly trying to maneuver him into
the lead role. Sure, his previous Homer adaptation Troy
(pictured above) took its time
making back its budget
, but these are the kind of evergreen epics almost guaranteed a profit. Nothing to see here.
Then you get to the fine print: Warner wants the movie to be set in space. As in, outer space.
It sounds disastrous in a serious way. Which is why we figure that the
movie, no doubt planned to have a nine-figure price tag, must have a
hook the studio hasn’t revealed. Pitt has had his share of flops, but
with The Curious Case of Benjamin Button on the horizon, this looks like it could be a very good year for him. It’s hard to believe he
would get involved in a project this wonky if he didn’t have a
Besides, with talent George Miller (Babe, Mad Max) confirmed to
join Pitt in the preproduction process, there has to be something more
to it. Doesn't there?
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