Jackman is a Tony winner for his performance in The Boy From Oz, and also a former host of the Tony Awards broadcast. “Hunger Games” director Francis Lawrence, scriptwriter Peter Craig and producer Nina Jacobson reportedly are working on the project for Lionsgate films.
No shooting schedule or release date were announced.
Written sometime in the 8th century BC, Homer's "The Odyssey" is one of the oldest surviving pieces of Western literature. It tells the story of the Greek war hero Odysseus' return home after the Trojan War, which covers ten years of wandering after he becomes lost in the Mediterranean sea.
"The Odyssey" is one of a half-dozen films attached to Jackman's name that have been announced in recent months. Among the others: the forthcoming "Pan" (to be released Oct. 9), "Collateral Beauty," "Eddie the Eagle," "Apostle Paul" and two X-Men movies, "X-Men: Apocalypse" and an untitled "Wolverine" sequel.
His last Broadway appearance was in The River in 2014.
An unrelated new musical based on Homer's "Odyssey" is scheduled to open Sept. 4 at the Delacorte Theater in New York's Central Park.