HAS SHATTERED CIVILIZATION
IS THE ONLY TREATMENT
MANUFACTURES THE DRUG
IS NOT A CURE
IT IS CONTROL
WE HAVE SERVED IMMORTALS
TO LIVE AS SLAVES
A FUGITIVE PRINCE
HIS OUTLAW QUEEN
HUMANITY'S LAST CHANCE
WE ARE FOREVER
THE ILIAD RECONCEIVED
From Homer to Hip-Hop
ILL is an original story based on Homer's Iliad, written & created by Austin Alexander,
in collaboration with Gary Goldman & Saul Williams.
ILL reimagines Greek mythology and events surrounding the ancient battle of Troy in a
post-apocalyptic gang war environment, controlled by a
pharmaceutically enhanced upper class of immortal drug lords.
ILL, for the most part, consists of non-rhyming but relatively poetic dialogue that periodically
entertains fluid moments of hard-hitting rhythmic speech & seamless
interjections of modern urban influence.
ILL IS INTENDED FOR PUBLISHING, FILM, STAGE, TV, MUSIC & GAMING
VIDEO IS NOT INTENDED TO BE A "SIZZLE REEL" OR VISUAL REPRESENTATION OF ILL
VIDEO ONLY REPRESENTS ILL POETRY
The Iliad takes new form in this urban action, sci-fi epic, which tells the revolutionary tale of two fugitive lovers who forsake their faith & families to defy the system and free the world from an ancient corporate oligarchy known as Olympus, which enslaves them all.
In the dystopian future of an alternate reality, the mythology & culture of the ancient Greek empire did not rise until the fall of civilization, as we know it.
A COMPLETE COPY OF OUR TREATMENT & ILL NOVELLA IS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST
Gary Goldman has co-written and/or executive produced a string of successful Hollywood films, including “Minority Report,” directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Tom Cruise, “Big Trouble in Little China,” and the original “Total Recall,” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and directed by Paul Verhoeven.
Gary was selected by the French director, Louis Malle, to be his apprentice on “Pretty Baby.” Gary then worked for two years as production and development executive with mega-producers Lawrence Gordon & Joel Silver (48 Hours, Field of Dreams, Die Hard, Lethal Weapon, Matrix). Gary then co-wrote his first screenplay, “Big Trouble in Little China,” which became the film starring Kurt Russell and Kim Cattrall, directed by John Carpenter, which is now being remade by 20th Century Fox, starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Gary is credited writer on “Navy SEALS” and uncredited script doctor on “Basic Instinct.” He also wrote and exec-produced, “Next,” starring Nicolas Cage, which, like “Minority Report” and “Total Recall” is based on the work of sci-fi luminary Philip K. Dick.
Gary has worked for every major film studio and collaborated on projects with directors James Cameron, Ridley Scott, David Fincher, and comic book legend Stan Lee. Currently, he is writing his fourth screen adaptation of the work of Philip K. Dick, based on the novella, “The Variable Man,” which deals with our surrender of decision-making to computer programs that make our lives more pleasant and successful.
Saul Williams is one of the world’s best-selling poets and foremost award-winning spoken word artists. He has been published in The New York Times, Esquire, Bomb Magazine, and African Voices, and released six collections of his poetry through MTV Books and Moore Black Press. Williams has performed in over 30 countries and read in over 300 universities, with invitations that have spanned from the White House, the Sydney Opera House, Lincoln Center, The Louvre, The Getty Center, Queen Elizabeth Hall, to countless, villages, townships, community centers, and prisons across the world.
In music, he has been breaking ground as an American rapper & multi-instrumentalist since the 2001 release of his debut album, "Amethyst Rock Star", produced by the legendary Rick Rubin. Since then he has gone on to record five more albums including, The "Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust!", which was produced by Academy-Award winning composer, Trent Reznor, of Nine Inch Nails, and mixed by Alan Moulder. Williams has recorded and/or shared the stage with other artists such as Nas, The Fugees, Blackalicious, Erykah Badu, KRS-One, Yasiin Bey (AKA Mos Def), Zack De La Rocha, De La Soul, Lyrics Born, Nine Inch Nails and Allen Ginsburg just to name a few.
Williams is also an award-winning actor. On film, he starred in "Slam" (1998), and "Today" (2012) as well as given many supporting performances in various titles such as "K-Pax", "The N-Word" and "Lackawanna Blues" just to name a few. On stage, Saul was chosen for the lead role in "Holler If Ya Hear Me", a Broadway musical featuring music by Tupac Shakur. He has also made countless television appearances, including an interview and performance on The Colbert Report.