As they began preparing “The Trip to Greece,” the fourth installment in Michael Winterbottom
’s acclaimed comedy franchise starring Steve Coogan
and Rob Brydon
, the creative team returned to the time-tested formula that made the previous three chapters so successful: a combination of food, wanderlust and the comedians’ impeccable improv skills.
But with Winterbottom insisting this will be the franchise’s final installment, producer Melissa Parmenter
, of Revolution Films
, says the decision to re-create the epic journey of Odysseus from Troy to Ithaca in modern-day Greece gave the project added poignancy.
“Steve is continuing his journey back home, like Odysseus,” she says. “Being the last one for this idea of an epic journey is quite special.”
Nearly a decade after the “Trip” franchise launched, the long-time collaborators were on familiar ground in more ways than one. Last year Winterbottom, Parmenter and Coogan traveled to Greece to film “Greed
,” a satire