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Warner Bros. Developing Space-Based “Odyssey” Movie With Terry Dougas of 1821 Comics

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TERRY DOUGAS, STAN LEE, SKAN SRISUWAN, GILL CHAMPION

Back at the NYCC in 2011, I interviewed Stan Lee about his gorgeous science-fiction adaptation of William Shakespeare’s classic family squabble, Romeo And Juliet: The War.

It was in part written and “re-imagined” by Terry Dougas and published by 1821 Comics. It saw the Montegue’s and Capulet’s arguing and battling it out on another planet in the far future, with digital art by Skan Srisuwan.

Now we learn that Dougas is bringing another classic tale to outer space as Deadline has it that Warner Bros. is adapting Homer’s Odyssey as a space-based movie, describing it as a “re-imagining,” from Dougas and his 1821 Films.

Newcomer James DiLapo is on as writer, and it’s been said that Brad Pitt was even attached to star at one time.

Dougas also has Jane Got A Gun in development which is set to star Natalie Portman and Michael Fassbender.

The Odyssey is the second of Homer’s epics, sequel to the Iliad, that centers around the hero Odysseus after the fall of Troy. He is presumed dead with his son and mother dealing with suitor’s attempting to acquire Odysseus’ fortunes.

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Stan Lee Interview: ‘Romeo And Juliet: The War’

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TERRY DOUGAS, STAN LEE, SKAN SRISUWAN, GILL CHAMPION

This past weekend’s New York Comic Con saw the unveiling of Romeo and Juliet: The War, a new graphic novel from Terry Dougas of 1821 Comics, artist Skan Srisuwan and Stan Lee, which becomes available nationwide November 30th.

1821 Comics partnered with Lee, Founder, Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of POW! Entertainment and his producing partner, President and COO of POW! Entertainment Gill Champion to create Romeo and Juliet: The War, a futuristic sci-fi and cosmic thriller based on the William Shakespeare original.

Thousands gathered around the 1821 Comics Booth to catch a glimpse of Romeo and Juliet: The War and Lee. In fact, so many gathered that the NYPD threatened to shut it down. Cosmic Book News Editor/Publisher Matt McGloin was present to cover the event, and managed to speak to Lee about Romeo and Juliet: The War.

“We brought Romeo and Juliet into the future and the Montegues and the Capulets each have a super power — and there’s a war,” said Lee. “You still got Romeo. You still got Juliet. And you still have romance, but you have the most exciting story we were able to come up with.”

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ROMEO AND JULIET: THE WAR

Lee continued, remarking on working with writer Terry Dougas of 1821 Comics.

“We are both fans of Shakespeare, we are both fans of graphic novels. I am a fan of Terry’s and he tolerates me [laughs], and we thought this would be a great project, and I think it is a great project and it turned out even better than we imagined it to be,” he said.

Next, Lee commented on the fact that Romeo and Juliet: The War is based on one of literature’s most popular love stories and revealed why they chose that story first.

“It’s the most well-known love story in the world, so when you are going to start with something go to the top,” he said.

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ROMEO AND JULIET: THE WAR
ART BY SKAN SRISUWAN

As the unveiling showed off the gorgeous art of artist Skan Srisuwan, Lee remarked how they just might do further adventures based on other famous authors’ works, including more by Shakespeare.

“If this does well, we will probably have a sequel, and then who knows, we may do Hamlet, we may do King Lear,” Lee continued. “Shakespeare wrote a lot of things, but there were other great authors, too.”

Lee then said Romeo and Juliet: The War offers something for everyone.

“We took one of the great stories in the world, and we turned it into a graphic novel, but what we did [was] we added a lot of adventure and a lot of super stuff so that fans of super heroes would love it, and also, I think, fans of a great romantic story — or a great story — would also love it.”

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