June 11, 2010

Prepare for a sequel to 'Clash of the Titans'...

...in the near future too, according to The Los Angeles Times:

"Clash of the Titans 2" is seemingly turning into a bigger priority by the day.

Producers, along with executives at Warner Bros. and producer Legendary Pictures, have been busily meeting with directors, with an eye to shooting the sequel as early as January.

A number of filmmakers are in contention for the job, but one name that's risen to the top of the list is Jonathan Liebesman. Originally a horror director -- he made "Darkness Falls" and the 2006 "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" prequel -- Liebesman has re-fashioned himself as an action director. The filmmaker has a movie called "Battle: Los Angeles" -- about an alien invasion in this fair city -- coming next year. He's also onboard for another classic action tale (or an action tale set in a classic period) at Warner Bros: a re-imagining of "Odysseus" with the producers of "300," which Liebesman helped conceive and then sold to the studio.

The new director on "Clash 2" would of course replace Louis Leterrier, who opted not to direct the follow-up to his recent film.

Warners and Legendary have reason to move quickly on "Clash 2." The original (that is, the 2010 remake) pocketed a nice chunk of change -- $162 million domestically and a solid $325 million overseas, on a budget of only about $125 million. And this one will be shot in 3-D -- none of the conversion stuff. That means the movie could be more expensive, but at least it won't get hammered for its look.

Early 2011 is also a priority because the studio needs to make sure star Sam Worthington, who is committed to shoot "Avatar 2" (likely later in the year), is free and clear. Look for this one to continue to come together quickly.

-Well, it won't have to do much to be better than the first one, which was atrocious to me...thoughts?


  1. Not being a 3D conversion flick is a step in the right direction, but not a big one...

  2. Can't Worthington "shoot" Avatar 2 over Skype?

  3. I thought the 2010 remake was a decent action film, but not nearly on the high level I was expecting (making it a disappointment, to me at least).

    The idea for a sequel, although not surprising for executives at WB, is a terrible idea, first of all because the film is based on a legend -- and that Perseus does not go on another excursion like the one he did in this film.

    If the producers were deciding to remake the story of "Jason", it would make partial sense, but not with the director of the "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" reboot.

    Overall, this is just another excuse for WB to milk the golden cow until it runs dry.

  4. I thought it was awful, but that's just me.