Big news via Deadline today with the report that Lionsgate has hired the Hunger Games creative team of Francis Lawrence (director) , Peter Craig (Mockingjay screen writer) and Nina Jacobson (producer) to tackle Homer’s epic tale of ‘The Odyssey’.
Personally I’m excited about this new venture!
EXCLUSIVE: Finishing this fall with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, Lionsgate is developing a grand-scale retelling of history’s greatest voyage home, Homer’s The Odyssey. To accomplish this epic, Lionsgate has enlisted Francis Lawrence to direct, Peter Craig to write and Nina Jacobson to produce. Lawrence directed three of the four Hunger Games films, Craig co-scripted the two installments of Mockingjay, and Jacobson and her Color Force have shepherded the franchise from the very beginning. Lawrence also helmed I Am Legend and Craig cowrote The Town with Ben Affleck.
Lionsgate has put this on a fast track. The plan is to begin production early next year, right after the filmmakers complete promotion of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, which will be released November 20th, 2015. Lawrence has committed to make this his next project. Motion Picture Group co-president Erik Feig is overseeing this with exec production veep Jim Miller and development director James Myers. The project took root when Feig pitched it to Lawrence in Paris while they worked on the Hunger Games finale.
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