I didn’t realize that I’m really excited for this film, but: I am. I think Viv is too.
Hm… This post has promise.
Screenwriter David Benioff, interviewed by the Beeb, had this to say about his script:
Troy is an adaptation of the Trojan War myth in its entirety, not The Iliad alone. The Iliad begins with the quarrel between Achilles and Agamemnon over the slave girl Briseis, nine years into the war. The equivalent scene occurs halfway through my script. Meanwhile, The Iliad ends after Priam returns from Achilles’ shelter with his grim cargo – long before the construction of the Trojan Horse, and a good 20 pages before my script ends.
This is a massive story that we’re trying to tell in two-and-a-half hours. The narrative is crammed with some of literature’s most intriguing characters: Achilles, Hector, Helen, Paris, Priam, Odysseus, Agamemnon, Patroclus, etc. All these characters have to emerge on screen as fully realized human beings. The battle scenes have to mirror the epic confrontations Homer described. The journey of the thousand ships from Greece to Troy has to be depicted. Everything takes times, and we’re not making a 12-hour miniseries. We’re not making a trilogy of three-hour movies.
Let’s hope Athena guided his hand, and the hand of Wolfang Petersen.