Friday, June 27, 2008

Greek Mythology Gettin' Some Lovin'


There has been word for years now about a remake of the 1981 classic Clash of the Titans (which I'm sure most of you have seen in school or something, but probably don't remember it) - Robert Rodriguez was in the running to direct at one point, but that negotiation fell through. Last night it was announced that Louis Letterier (Transporter 2, The Incredible Hulk) has been named the director, and the production will be getting under way ASAP. The story follows Perseus as he goes on a quest to rescue Andromeda and kill Medusa, the hideous snake-haired creature that causes you to turn to stone if you look into her eyes.

Competing with Clash of the Titans is another Greek-based film called War of Gods, helmed by acid-trip director Tarsem Singh (The Cell). This story is a "mythological tale set in war-torn ancient Greece, as the young warrior prince Theseus leads his men in a battle against evil that will see the gods fighting with soldiers against demons and titans."

[So once again, there are two similarly themed movies fighting to get released at the same time, just like A Bug's Life/Antz, Armageddon/Deep Impact, The Prestige/The Illusionist, etc. Both are racing against each other to see which will make it to theaters first.]

And finally, there are whisperings of a sequel/prequel to 300 in the works. Producer Gianni Nunnari told Collider that they are working with Frank Miller and Zack Snyder to create something authentic based on a new story. Anything concrete is years away, I'm sure.

Correction: Apparently Letterier didn't direct the first Transporter movie as I posted earlier. That distinction belongs to the surprisingly prominent Corey Yuen.

3 comments:

breezius of troy said...

Two mythological movies at once! be still my heart, that sounds awesome.

Blogette said...

I don't know how I feel about the Clash of the Titans re-make. The original will always have a place in my heart. I mean, come on - who doesn't love Harry Hamlin?

Ben Pearson said...

I tend to agree, Blogette (thanks for reading and commenting, by the way!).

In the hands of Letterier, I'm hoping this will be a little more interesting remake than some others we've seen in recent years. And anything with Greek mythology as a main feature already has a jump on the competition, if you ask me.