The director, the writer and the producer of the latest in the The Hunger Games franchise have been hired to bring the Greek epic to the screen

Go hard or go Homer.
Go hard or go Homer. Photograph: Universal Images Group/Getty Images

The project has been fast-tracked, with Lionsgate hoping to continue the blockbuster success they’ve had with The Hunger Games by focusing on further large-scale films. The project reportedly began when Erik Feig, the co-president of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, pitched the idea to Lawrence in Paris while they worked on Mockingjay.

As well as directing three Hunger Games films, Lawrence also directed I Am Legend and Constantine; Peter Craig also wrote the script for The Town and is working on upcoming sequels Top Gun 2 and Bad Boys 3; and Nina Jacobson also produced One Day and Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

The Homeric epic, which follows Odysseus on his journey home after the fall of Troy, has influenced the plots of films including Big Fish and O Brother, Where Art Thou?

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