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Brad Pitt joins WB for ‘Odyssey’

Actor teams with George Miller for adaptation

After turning Homer’s epic poem “The Iliad” into the 2004 film “Troy,” Warner Bros. and Brad Pitt are teaming with George Miller to adapt the Greek poet’s other masterwork, “The Odyssey.”

Their intention is to transfer the tale to a futuristic setting in outer space.

Warner Bros. has quietly set up “The Odyssey,” and the early hope is that Pitt will star and Miller will direct, with Pitt’s Plan B producing.Pitt played Achilles in the Wolfgang Petersen-directed “Troy,” a global blockbuster that David Benioff adapted from “The Iliad.”

Both Homer poems dealt with the Trojan War; “The Odyssey” focused on the exploits of Odysseus, who hatched the idea to build the Trojan Horse. “The Odyssey” deals with his long journey home after he declines to become a god.

Pitt will next be seen in the David Fincher-directed “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” and the Terrence Malick-directed “Tree of Life.” He just began shooting the Quentin Tarantino-directed “Inglourious Basterds.”

Miller remains attached to direct “Justice League” at WB.

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