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Exclusive: Tarsem On War Of The Gods
His intriguing next film?

23 January 2009  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  

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We talked to director Tarsem Singh recently in anticipation of the DVD release of fantasy oddity The Fall on Monday, and he spilled a few intriguing-sounding beans on his hoped-for next film, War of the Gods. Here's what he had to say.

"It’s  turning into, basically, Caravaggio meets Fight Club," he said.  "It’s a really hardcore action film done in Renaissance painting style. I want to see how that goes; it’s turned into something really cool. This guy who I really love, who’s the only one person in it right now, is the brother in The Tudors, Henry Cavill. I’m going for a very contemporary look on top of that so I’m kind of going with, you know, Renaissance time with electricity. So it’s a bit like Baz Luhrman doing Romeo + Juliet in Mexico; it’s just talking a particular Greek tale and half contemporising it and telling it."

To say that this sounds so-weird-it's-awesome would be an understatement. Caravaggio was a big influence on Tarsem's Losing My Religion video (find that here) and we'd be lying if we said that "Caravaggio meets Fight Club" doesn't sound like just about the best idea ever (although someone should really do "da Vinci meets Halloween" if you ask us).

Read the full Tarsem interview here, or alternatively start petitioning your nearest Hollywood studio boss to make this demented project at once!


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RE: Exclusive: Tarsem On War Of The Gods
Le Jetee is an AMAZING film.  I can't believe he mentioned that in his interview as one of his influences.  This was one of the first things my film professors showed me in school.  Glad to see it got some love from a talent like Tarsem.  It really changes the way you look at the idea of cinema as an art medium   ps.  Gilliam's '12 Monkeys' is based on La Jetee More

Posted by BrianShields25 at 16:31 on 26 January 2009 | Report This Post

Westworld
A few years ago he was attached for a remake of Westworld. Although I am not a fan of most remakes, his involvement would have been interesting to say the least. But it was not to be. More

Posted by Dexter Reilly at 01:35 on 26 January 2009 | Report This Post

slightly off topic...
I've just done the 'name the movie catsuit' quiz (for obvious reasons) and am stuck on the last one. I know that I know it, I just don't seem to KNOW that I know that I know it. So therefore, I don't actually know it. Please help! Answers on a postman to PO BOX whothefrackisthat? Thank you for your time More

Posted by christofurr at 11:23 on 25 January 2009 | Report This Post

Give this man funding
I absolutely loved The Fall, and I can completely imagine Tarsem following it up with an impressive but empty film (which The Fall was NOT, I hasten to stress), but not a boring film. Also he deserves a financial reward after The Fall didn't do so well, even though it was so totally aweslicious. More

Posted by seventhrib at 22:26 on 23 January 2009 | Report This Post

War of the Gods
Sounds okay although he's still an artist much than he is a director going by both The Cell and The Fall. I would love to see a God of War (PlayStation game franchise) movie more than this but at least it'll be good to look at. More

Posted by Taz69 at 19:58 on 23 January 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Ooooh.
That sounds bizarrely fantastic.  More action films that try something visually and conceptually different please.  I'd be very interested to see what he could do with action, I always felt like the fall could have really expanded on its action scenes.  And I suspect tarsem wouldn't buy into the "spazzy camera movements" lots of modern action films are guilty of. edit:  Though of course are we to expect the film to take 2 years to film and another year to ge More

Posted by Lex Romero at 18:23 on 23 January 2009 | Report This Post

Ooooh.
Does sound very interesting. The odder the better as far as I'm concerned. I'm also most annoyed that I missed The Fall at the cinema (infact I don't even remember seeing a review), I couldn't find it anywhere. I bet it would be most impressive in HD too. Hmmm. More

Posted by evildave69 at 18:02 on 23 January 2009 | Report This Post

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