Friday, 22 May 2015

Ryan Condal set for The Infinite Horizon

Sticking with classic myth and legend, but giving both a spin in the genre blender, Hercules (2014) screenwriter Ryan Condal has completed a screenplay for The Infinite Horizon. Based on the comics by Gerry Duggan, the story is a science fiction take on Homer's Odyssey. Warner Bros have already picked it up for development, and Greg Berlanti (Green Lantern) has been assigned as one of the producers.

Duggan's series for Image Comics casts a soldier with no name other than The Captain in the Odysseus role. After years of war in the Middle East he leads a disparate band of soldiers on their long journey home across the world. On the way they endure a shipwreck – the Cyclops is reimagined as a vicious enemy wearing cycloptic armour – and the Sirens take the form of a predatory society.

The Infinite Horizon now represents the third film version of the Odyssey currently in active development. It joins Stalingrad (2013) director Fedor Bondarchuk's take – which also has a home at Warner Bros – and Francis Lawrence's (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1) version, currently in the works over at Lionsgate.

Condal was also among the screenwriters who took a crack at Alex Proyas (Dark City) and Legendary Pictures' ultimately abandoned take on Paradise Lost. Berlanti, meanwhile, aside from his film work, is a big name in TV, writing and executive producing Arrow, The Mysteries Of Laura and the upcoming Supergirl series.

The Infinite Horizon doesn't currently have a start date, and there's no director attached so far. As always, watch this space.

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