Although it wasn’t published until 2008, I completed The Olympian, A Tale of Ancient Hellas in 2004. I can’t believe it was over ten years ago. Of all my books, The Olympian remains the best-seller. It is available as a physical book, an eBook for Kindle and even an audio book thanks to the masterful telling of the tale by Alistair McKenzie.
During the early months of 2015, we posted a summary of Tobit and the Hoodoo Man in ‘eight movements.’ Years ago, Steven Pressfield told me that the great film director David Lean believed that all films could be reduced to “seven or eight movements.” I like the idea. Ever since Mr. Pressfield told me that, I watch films with a different perspective.
In 2009, we optioned the film rights to The Olympian, A Tale of Ancient Hellas. The producer extended the option several times, but in 2013, he opted not to extend the option. The business of film is as tough as it gets.
Early in the process, as he prepared his package for perspective investors, writers, actors, etc., he asked me to summarize the story for him in eight movements. While I was never privy to his final package, I was pleased that he asked me for my ‘vision’ of the story on film.
As I did with Tobit earlier in the year, for the next several weeks, I will post the eight movements of The Olympian, A Tale of Ancient Hellas. I hope it will bring back fond memories to those who have read it, and maybe encourage those who haven’t to read this book about human values. Nineteenth century clergyman Henry Ward Beecher best sums up the heart of The Olympian when he wrote,
“Greatness lies not in being strong, but in the right using of strength; and strength is not used rightly when it serves only to carry a man above his fellows for his own solitary glory. He is the greatest whose strength carries up the most hearts by the attraction of his own.”
Join me in the coming weeks as I present The Olympian, A Tale of Ancient Hellas in eight movements.