Ancient Greek on Greek Action in Olympia

Columbia has tapped Danish director Asger Leth (“Ghosts of Cité Soleil”) to direct the potentially cool movie “Olympia”. It’s a love story (bleh) set in Ancient Greece, during a period of war between the city-states of Athens and Sparta (woohoo!). Then again, when were those two cities NOT at war, right? As the two biggest powers in Ancient Greece, they were always at each other’s throats.

Robert Rodat (“Saving Private Ryan”) wrote the script, with a polish by Gavin Hood (director of the upcoming “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”). I could do without the trivial love story ala “Pearl Harbor”, “Enemy at the Gates”, etc in “Olympia”, but the chance to see Greek hoplite action is just too fantastic to ignore.

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Mark Gordon (“10,000 BC”) is producing the love story, which is set against the backdrop of the ancient Olympic Games in Greece as war waged between Athens and Sparta. Lawrence Inglee also produces.

If I had to guess, the good guys here would probably be the Athens, who were much more democratic than the fascist Spartans, who had never met a neighboring city-state they didn’t feel like enslaving. Yes, they were very cool in “300”, but not so much to live next to in real life.

Do we dare hope for some major Greek-on-Greek hoplite action?

Greek Hoplite in Olympia