Stalingrad director Fedor Bondarchuk has signed on to direct Odysseus for Warner Bros., a large-scale epic adaptation of Homer's epic poem The Odyssey.

Jeremy Doner (The Killing) is writing the screenplay adaptation about the title character, the Greek king who starts his journey home after a decade of fighting in the Trojan War. Along his perilous trip home to Ithaca, Odysseus must battle cannibals, sea monsters, sirens and a cyclops, while his wife Penelope is being courted by a number of suitors in his absence.

Gianni Nunnari is producing through his Hollywood Gang production company, alongside Bernie Goldmann, Shannon Gaulding and Fedor Bondarchuk's producing partners Michael Schlicht and Paul Heth. No production schedule was given.

Warner Bros. previously adapted Homer's The Iliad, which covers the events of The Trojan War, into the 2004 adventure Troy, where Sean Bean played Odysseus. The Odyssey has been adapted for the big screen several times in the past, including 1955's Ulysses starring Kirk Douglas. Joel Coen and Ethan Coen also loosely adapted the poem in their 2000 classic O Brother, Where Art Thou?, starring George Clooney as Odysseus, which also borrowed elements from Preston Sturges' Sullivan's Travels.