Arnold Vosloo to star in SciFi’s Odysseus: Voyage to the Underworld

April 2nd, 2008

Trailer for the Saturday Movie of the Week premiering on April 12

Originally entitled Odysseus and the Isles of the Mists, Arnold Vosloo ( The Mummy) is starring in a new SCIFI Channel production that brings the legendary warrior king Odysseus to life again. This telling chronicles the battle between Odysseus & Persephone as his men face her vampire beasts. From the Steve Bacic Website- (he plays Odysseus’s second in command Eurylochus and is second in the film’s credits)

Synopsis Odysseus the Warrior King has been away from Ithaca for twenty years. The first ten he spent fighting the Trojan War; the last ten, he spent fighting to get home. Among his adventures is the story Homer felt was too horrific to tell: The missing book of The Odyssey … known as THE ISLE OF THE MISTS!

After a vicious storm, Odysseus and his men find themselves shipwrecked on the Isle of Mists, an island shrouded in thick fog. They attempt to build a raft and sail free of the island, but jagged rocks break the surface of the water, submerging and reappearring in different positions. The raft is destroyed, leaving no foreseable escape.

Frustrated, Odysseus orders his men inland to seek supplies and shelter. While wandering the island, they discover the skeletons of previous castaways, some with flesh still clinging to their bones. Nothing on the island is living. No animals, no living vegetation. It’s as if they are walking through a wasteland.

During their trek, a siren’s song lures them to an oasis where they are confronted with Persephone, the queeen of this forsaken island. After a night of bacchanalian delights, Odysseus and his men awaken to discover that they are in fact her prisoners - and worse: the cattle of her brethren - a horde of nightmarish creatures known as Shadow Beasts! While struggling to leave the island, Odysseus and his men discover a treasure that rivals all other treasures known to man.

The goal of survival is coupled with danger, action and adventure as the Warrior King slays his enemies, escapes his prison and goes for the gold - all the while breaking the heart of the sultry siren that lured him to … THE ISLE OF THE MISTS! Source: Insight Film Studios Publicity

Also starring:

  • Arnold Vosloo as Odysseus
  • Sonya Salomaa as Athena
  • Stefanie von Pfetten as Persephone
  • Leah Gibson as Penelope
  • JR Bourne as Peremides
  • Randal Edwards as Homer
  • Jeff Sanca as Crewman #3

Directed by Terry Ingram. Filmed August/September 2007 in British Columbia, Canada. TV movie for SciFi.

Filming Locations: British Columbia, Canada: Abbotsford, Langley, Maple Ridge, Vancouver. Photos from the movie:

More About the movie- from a Canadian article on in September talking about the film and shooting it in Vancouver:

Insight goes Greek

by Ian Edwards


Among the many adventures of Odysseus in Homer’s The Odyssey, The Isle of Mists ranks as one of the scariest, according to the author himself.

In the dark Greek classic, Odysseus’ ship is wrecked on a bleak, fog-shrouded island that is home to the siren Persephone and the nightmarish Shadow Beasts. In Insight Film Studios’ low-budget adaptation Odysseus and the Isle of Mists - commissioned by Sci Fi Channel in the U.S. and wrapping four weeks of production Sept. 15 - lead actor Arnold Vosloo (The Mummy) comes ashore on Britannia Beach, north of Vancouver.

Production designer James Hazell (Painkiller Jane) says that, on film, B.C.’s locations easily pass for ancient Greece, especially with the period-inspired costuming of Beverley Wowchuk (Dr. Doolittle 3). The forests, beaches on the coast and abandoned quarry in Maple Ridge work for the storyline, he explains. Key set pieces such as the Ionian merchant ship, Homer’s room, a cave, a destroyed alter and a volcano - which are all housed at a Langley studio - compete the period look.

All the locations qualify for the regional tax bonus.

Randal Edwards (The Best Years), JR Bourne (Everything’s Gone Green), Steve Bacic (Whistler) and Stefanie Von Pfetten (Battlestar Galactica) costar in the production.

Terry Ingram directs, with Insight, Plinyminor and sales agent Voltage Pictures as the production partners. Odysseus will air on Sci Fi this winter.

In other Insight production news, Temptation (also known as Secret Lives of Second Wives), wrapped three weeks of production Aug. 10 in Maple Ridge.

The low-budget MOW for Lifetime stars Andrea Roth (Rescue Me) and Brian McNamara (Army Wives) in a story about a woman living a secret life away from her family and friends.

Directed by George Mendeluk and written by Kelly Pryor (A Stranger’s Heart), the MOW is produced by Insight honcho Kirk Shaw. Canadian broadcasters are Alliance Atlantis and Sun TV, while Cinetel Films is the international sales agent. Airdates for Temptation are scheduled for this winter.