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.
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 best foreign language film at this year's Academy Awards, and became the highest-grossing film ever in Russia, with $55 million. It took a further $11 million in China.