Action Movie Anatomy hosts Ben Bateman and Andrew Ghai break down Troy! Troy is a 2004 American epic war film written by David Benioff and directed by Wolfgang Petersen. It is loosely based on Homer‘s Iliad, though the film narrates the entire story of the decade-long Trojan War rather than just the quarrel between Achilles and Agamemnon in the ninth year. Achilles leads his Myrmidons along with the rest of the Greek army invading the historical city of Troy, defended by Hector’s Trojan army. The end of the film (the sacking of Troy) is not taken from the Iliad, but rather from Virgil‘s Aeneid as the Iliad concludes with Hector’s death and funeral.