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Leterrier In A Clash of the Titans
Hulk director takes on Greek gods

27 June 2008  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  |  Source: Variety

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Straight off the success of The Incredible Hulk, Louis Leterrier is wasting no time in lining up his next project. He'll direct a remake of Clash of the Titans, the Greek epic best remembered for Ray Harryhausen's special effects and Harry Hamlin's bouffant 'do.

Warners greenlit the film, which they are unsurprisingly planning to shoot against green screen in a 300-stylee, as soon as Leterrier signed on, based on a new script by Lawrence Kasdan. But the story of Perseus, and his quest to rescue the princess Andromeda through a series of adventures against terrifying beasties and gods, isn't going to have a smooth route to the screen.

That's because Relativity Media have got another Greek-god themed film in development, War of the Gods, to be directed by Tarsem Singh. That's due to start production by the end of the year, and with such similar themes it's possible that there will be a "chariot race" (groan) into production, with the loser dropping out (see: Baz Luhrman's Alexander the Great). But hey! There's room for more than one piece of Greek mythology in 2010, right? After all, War is about Theseus and Clash is about Perseus, so it's a completely dufferent story.

But in a spirit of conciliation, Empire has two suggestions to resolve any feud. First of all, why not cast the same actors as the gods in both and carry them across, in a Marvel-inspired tie-in? Secondly, why not give the Greeks a rest and have a look at Irish mythology, which has lots more mystical salmon and tougher heroes?

Most importantly, howeevr, let's hope that whatever version makes it manages to create effects as spectacular and charming as Harryhausen's - check out a sample here if you're not familiar with the original film.


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No no no no no no NO. That's really all I have to say on this matter. More

Posted by Slythy at 21:22 on 28 June 2008 | Report This Post

Dear Helen
Greek mythology is amazing and it's great to actually see it turned into film now that we have technology that can support the gods and the monsters of these stories. I don't think that Irish mythology, has tougher heroes. and for God sake you have a greek name... also i hate the fact that this weirdo who worked on this stupid movie will touch my country's mythology... More

Posted by smakris04 at 16:23 on 28 June 2008 | Report This Post

Arggh..
...no leave it alone, enough remakes already! LOVE the original and this will, in no way live up to expectations! More

Posted by ThaNiffer at 12:26 on 28 June 2008 | Report This Post

Another remake... I love Clash of the Titans. Hopefully it'll be good, but I've always got the original in case it sucks. More

Posted by John Firth at 21:22 on 27 June 2008 | Report This Post

Letterier, one to watch
I think Leterrier is definitely one to watch, I have liked his stuff so far and if the studio let him off the leash a bit and let him really do his own thing there could be a smash hit on the way. More

Posted by kinge247 at 18:08 on 27 June 2008 | Report This Post

No clock work owl please Louis More

Posted by agent cooper at 17:54 on 27 June 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Leterrier In A Clash of the Titans
L: My name is Legion Err...  Since when was "The Incredible Hulk" successful?  It will be lucky if it breaks even at the BO.ldwide numbers have already topped the costs of the movie, which honestly were ridiculous to begin with IMHO.  So, it was a success in that it hasn't lost money, and will likely make more with DVD/Blu-ray sales. L: My name is Legion As for "Clash of the Titans", I've always had a soft spot for the original, but I was not necessarily averse to More

Posted by cgoodno at 16:38 on 27 June 2008 | Report This Post

RE: An Táin
L: Helen OHara I always think that they missed a chance a few years back; they should've cast Colin Farrell as Cuchulainn instead of letting him go off to do Alexander. He's ely dull uote] More

Posted by JRockwell at 16:19 on 27 June 2008 | Report This Post

Love it.....
Clash is a great film, and as a kid I remmeber being terrified silly when the Kracken went on the rampage. I'd love to see an update on this. And my mythology may be a little sketchy, but are Perseus and Theseus not actually one in the same characters? I could be wrong...... As for Irish mythology, yeah, bring it on. But first how about that long awaited Slaine adaption? That would get my pants all sticky....... More

Posted by damn im good! at 13:34 on 27 June 2008 | Report This Post

RE: An Táin
L: Barry An Táin would actually make a great story. As would any story about any of the red branch knights. Diarmuid and Gráinne's story is very like Tristan and Iseult, but with more boars. Cúchulainn is my favourite though. sp; I always think that they missed a chance a few years back; they should've cast Colin Farrell as Cuchulainn instead of letting him go off to do Alexander. He's probably a bit too old now, alas. More

Posted by Helen OHara at 12:34 on 27 June 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Leterrier In A Clash of the Titans
"Straight off the success of The Incredible Hulk" Err...  Since when was "The Incredible Hulk" successful?  It will be lucky if it breaks even at the BO. As for "Clash of the Titans", I've always had a soft spot for the original, but I was not necessarily averse to a remake until I just read your article.sp; Shot "in a 300-stylee"?  Fuck that, no thanks. More

Posted by My name is Legion at 12:29 on 27 June 2008 | Report This Post

Great idea!
Helen, i have to say that's a great idea if only because the area hasn't been touched (has it?) by filmakers before. I'm from an Irish background and would welcome the chance to see films based on Irish mythology / folklore as long as the accents (if not spoken by native Irish) were realistic and not of the stereotypical, pisstaking 'they're after me lucky charms' variety. For comedy purposes, i'd love to be a fly on the wall in those studio discussions .... More

Posted by Hands Randall at 12:24 on 27 June 2008 | Report This Post

RE: An Táin
L: Barry An Táin would actually make a great story. As would any story about any of the red branch knights. Diarmuid and Gráinne's story is very like Tristan and Iseult, but with more boars. inn is my favourite though.ote]   That could be epic. More

Posted by livewire at 12:16 on 27 June 2008 | Report This Post

An Táin
An Táin would actually make a great story. As would any story about any of the red branch knights. Diarmuid and Gráinne's story is very like Tristan and Iseult, but with more boars. Cúchulainn is my favourite though. More

Posted by Barry at 10:04 on 27 June 2008 | Report This Post

Fionn
I'd love to see a Fionn MacCumhaill movie, how cool would that be?! Demnas and Bodhmall would have to be played by Steve Buscemi and Ian McKellan respectively. Who would play Fionn I wonder....Nemo could be the 'Bradan feasa' surely he's old enough now...?? More

Posted by Seamie at 09:50 on 27 June 2008 | Report This Post

hate remakes but ...
...I dont normally say this but I think Clash of the Titans if done in the style of 300 (more 300 than Beoqulf please) would be ripe for a remake. Gotta have Christian Bale as Perseus and then maybe Harry Hamlin as Zeus though !! !! !! More

Posted by waltham1979 at 09:25 on 27 June 2008 | Report This Post

Here Here Helen
"Secondly, why not give the Greeks a rest and have a look at Irish mythology, which has lots more mystical salmon and tougher heroes?" Great idea, I always thought that the story of Fionn mac Cumhaill and the Fianna would be a make a class film... More

Posted by hobbes at 08:25 on 27 June 2008 | Report This Post

have i missed something
I read the website earlier in the year and wasn't stephen norrington supposed to make this there was a big deal by the person who worte the article because this would have been his first film in lik 4 - 6 years. Anyway Louis is a great director and he proved to me that he could do a big movie (Incredible Hulk) and if he does stay with this project he must keep level headed because i love the original and a remake for me is blasphemous but if he can do to this project what he did with Hulk i w More

Posted by dave_0989 at 08:05 on 27 June 2008 | Report This Post

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