Brad Pitt and director Wolfgang Petersen's big screen epic Troy has been beaten to the post - by a cable TV version of the mythological tale.

America's USA NETWORK is set to premiere the four-hour HELEN OF TROY on Sunday (20APR03), while Pitt's version is still in the process of being made.

The big-screen project, which was delayed after the war in Iraq jeopardised filming in Morocco, will resume production during July and August (03) in Mexico.

The film will also star Peter O'Toole, Julie Christie and LORD OF THE RINGS hunk Orlando Bloom.