The world of television and film is so vast these days that it almost seems impossible to come up with an original idea anymore. But what if there was such a thing as an original idea again? I believe I have one of the best original ideas to bring forth to this vast world of creativity, but it’s a matter of how to get my idea noticed. Marketing is a key factor for sure, but what else will it take? How would one market an idea about something they are so passionate about and love to get others passionate about it as well?
I’ve noticed that the topic of Greek mythology is so under appreciated within this world that it’s a fear of mine that my idea won’t succeed because of this. My passion for Greek gods and Greek goddesses is about as strong as my passion for writing is. There is so much that can happen within a plot line involving the Greek gods and goddesses that ideas almost seem endless. The mythology has been created into movies, but these movies have been few and far between that it almost seems as if subject is almost as forgotten as the gods and goddesses themselves.
Hercules was done three different times. Disney did an animated version of Hercules and as well-loved as that animation is, the mythology is so far off from what the actual events that have been discovered by archaeologists many times. Next you have the two live action Hercules films. One made with Twilight star Kellan Lutz as Hercules and the second with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. My love of the film with Kellan as the star was so great that I didn’t bother watching the one with Dwayne Johnson in it. Maybe that’s my mistake, but I felt that by recreating a Hercules film so soon after the one with Kellan was a dishonor to Kellan’s version. Dwayne is much larger star than Kellan is, but based on previews alone, the one with Kellan was done phenomenally.
The film before the two Hercules films that was created was Immortals, also starring Kellan Lutz as Poseidon this time. Again, this film didn’t get enough praise because the writers didn’t seem like they understood the Greek mythology as well as they liked to think they did. Immortals was a good film though and I did enjoy watching it, but the gods and goddesses weren’t represented as well as they should have been. Of course the film wasn’t about the gods and goddesses involvement, but instead of a human hero; however, with the way they had the gods and goddesses intervene throughout the entire film it seemed as if the writers struggled to pinpoint the true mythology behind the story they were trying to convey.
Finally, we’re brought to the children’s novels/films known as Percy Jackson and the Olympians, the Demi-God children fighting to stop the rise of Cronus and the Titans. The novels were well written by Rick Riordan. He had a really neat concept of the idea of the Gods and Goddesses procreating Demi-God children with humans, but again there were kinks in his logic with one Goddess in particular. Yes, the novels are fiction and yes it’s up to the writer’s discretion on how his/her story should go, but I personally believe that if you are going to incorporate such ancient mythology you should try and stay as true to the mythology as possible. Athena, Goddess of War and Wisdom, is widely known for her celibacy and being a virgin for life. So, for Mr. Riordan to twist it around so that Athena had kids coming from the head like the way she was born out of Zeus’s head felt a little far-fetched and unbelievable. Although, Mr. Riordan targeted his audience to young children and most young children don’t read too much into things like teens and young adults do, so I can see how he managed to have that be accepted.
My idea that I’ve been working on for nearly three years now incorporates the Greek gods and goddesses mythology and the modern world together, almost really similar to Percy Jackson, but not quite the same. Some may think it might be too complex an idea, but I feel that it would be perfect for the TV world or even as a film trilogy if done correctly. I’ve been doing as much research as I possibly can on the mythology and having my friends who are also heavily into the mythology help with that research in hopes that one day I can make it the next big blockbuster, but the question remains the same. How is it that simple monsters such as vampires and werewolves or even witches become more famous than gods and goddesses? What is it about the vampires and werewolves that is more intriguing than ancient mythology?
Some may think that the mythology is too complex to really pinpoint decent enough ideas, which may be true, considering the mythology goes so far back, but with the way technology has evolved the film industry I wholeheartedly believe that a new film/TV show involving the Greek gods and goddesses is needed. I wholeheartedly believe that a well written script can catch the attention of a large audience and make them anticipate the next episode or the next installment. But it doesn’t just come down to being well written because the largest entity involved in creating an audience is the way things are marketed. So, that’s another question to consider. How would one market Greek gods and goddesses to obtain an audience who loved sparkly vampires? These questions flow through my head on a daily basis as I try and figure out the fine details of my story line.