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Fedor Bondarchuk to Direct ‘Odysseus’ for Warner Bros.

MUNICH — Russian filmmaker Fedor Bondarchuk is to helm “Odysseus,” a big-budget movie based on Homer’s epic poem “The Odyssey,” for Warner Bros., his production company Art Pictures Studio confirmed Wednesday.

The poem centers on the Greek hero Odysseus, who has been held captive for 10 years following his return from the Trojan War. Meanwhile, his wife, Penelope, fights off suitors at home.

Jeremy Doner is writing the script, Hollywood Gang’s Gianni Nunnari is producing with Bernie Goldmann and Shannon Gaulding, alongside Bondarchuk’s partners Michael Schlicht and Paul Heth, as first reported in Variety’s sister title Deadline.

Bondarchuk has had a series of blockbuster hits in his native Russia, including “The 9th Company” in 2005 and “The Inhabited Island” in 2008.

His most recent success, World War II 3D actioner “Stalingrad,” was produced on a $30 million budget. The Imax film, which was released worldwide by Sony, was Russia’s official selection for  foreign-language film at last year’s Academy Awards, and became the highest-grossing film ever in Russia, with $55 million. It took a further $11 million in China.

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