Brad Pitt and Warner Bros are planning to take Homer's epic poems to the screen once again - in a version of The Odyssey set in space.

While Pitt donned leather skirt, sandals and armour to play the great warrior Achilles for the studio's Troy in 2004, Warner Bros plan to take a futuristic look at the great journey of Odysseus.

Played by Sean Bean in Troy, Odysseus was the king of Ithaca and devised the Trojan Horse which aided the Greeks' razing of Troy in the Homeric poem The Iliad.

The Odyssey tells of Odysseus' decade-long journey home from the Trojan war, during which he is beset by numerous gods, storms, the many-headed monster Scylla, the whirlpool Charybdis and the seductive bird-women known as the Sirens, among others.

However, the new project, which Pitt will produce and most likely star in, will not be set in the ancient world but in outer space, centuries in the future.

Mad Max director George Miller is in negotiations to direct, according to Variety, though he may still direct Warner Bros' Justice League film.

Pitt, meanwhile, can next be seen in David Fincher's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Terrence Malick's Tree of Life while he also recently started work on Quentin Tarantino's World War II epic Inglourious Basterds.

17/10/2008 10:21:28