That’s a shame. While the first Clash of the Titans film made money, it was derided both for its narrative engagement and the technical hiccup of its quick 3-D conversion. The follow-up, Wrath of the Titans, somehow managed to be less well-thought of and actually made less money than Clash. So that’s the end of that right? Well, not so fast. And I mean that literally and figuratively. In a new interview with IGN, Clash and Wrath producer Basil Iwanyk said that there is interest, but there will only be a third Clash when there’s time enough to undertake it. (more…)
Clash of The Titans
Remember that time the Clash of the Titans remake came out just a couple of months after Avatar convinced Hollywood that it became the highest grossest movie of all time because it was in 3-D? Well, the man behind Clash says the rushed post conversion 3-D in his film says it sucked.
I’ll let that sink in.
While talking to The Hollywood Reporter, Louis Leterrier, who’s doing press for his new film Now You See Me, discussed how he was “literally thrown under the bus,” and how the studio twisted his arm in its decision to convert the film to 3-D in post-production was made by the studio brass. “At one point it was like, ‘Yeah, Louis chose the 3D.’ And I was like, ‘No, guys, I didn’t choose the 3D. I actually told you it’s not working. I couldn’t control it. I said don’t do it.’”
As for what happened after that…
It was famously rushed and famously horrible. It was absolutely horrible, the 3D. Nothing was working, it was just a gimmick to steal money from the audience. I’m a good boy and I rolled with the punches and everything, but it’s not my movie.
That was a bold statement for Leterrier to make… more than four years after Clash of the Titans came out. But at least we have official confirmation from someone in the know that, yeah, they made a boo-boo converting Clash to 3-D in post. C’est la vie.
Hollywood special effects master Raymond Harryhausen passed away today at the age of 92. The man was a trailblazer, leading the way back in the early days of film, fueling the imagination of generations of film makers and special effects wizards.
Harryhausen’s stop motion effects were magical, the fight scenes incredibly detailed and thrilling. The time consuming task of shooting frame by frame scenes with detailed models was his trademark. He brought to life monsters and mythical creatures on the big screen in a way no one had ever accomplished before.
His family posted an announcement on the Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation Facebook page earlier today along with some of Hollywood’s biggest directors and creative geniuses and their remembrances of Raymond:
Raymond Frederick Harryhausen
Born: Los Angeles 29th June 1920
Died: London 7th May 2013.
The Harryhausen family regret to announce the death of Ray Harryhausen, Visual Effects pioneer and stop-motion model animator. He was a multi-award winner which includes a special Oscar and BAFTA. Ray’s influence on today’s film makers was enormous, with luminaries; Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Peter Jackson, George Lucas, John Landis and the UK’s own Nick Park have cited Harryhausen as being the man whose work inspired their own creations.
Harryhausen’s fascination with animated models began when he first saw Willis O’Brien’s creations in KING KONG with his boyhood friend, the author Ray Bradbury in 1933, and he made his first foray into filmmaking in 1935 with home-movies that featured his youthful attempts at model animation. Over the period of the next 46 years, he made some of the genres best known movies – MIGHTY JOE YOUNG (1949), IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA (1955), 20 MILLION MILES TO EARTH (1957), MYSTERIUOUS ISLAND (1961), ONE MILLION YEARS B.C. (1966), THER VALLEY OF GWANGI (1969), three films based on the adventures of SINBAD and CLASH OF THE TITANS (1981). He is perhaps best remembered for his extraordinary animation of seven skeletons in JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS (1963) which took him three months to film.
Harryhausen’s genius was in being able to bring his models alive. Whether they were prehistoric dinosaurs or mythological creatures, in Ray’s hands they were no longer puppets but became instead characters in their own right, just as important as the actors they played against and in most cases even more so.
Today The Ray & Diana Harryhausen Foundation, a charitable Trust set up by Ray on the 10th April 1986, is devoted to the protection of Ray’s name and body of work as well as archiving, preserving and restoring Ray’s extensive Collection.
Tributes have been heaped upon Harryhausen for his work by his peers in recent years.
“Ray has been a great inspiration to us all in special visual industry. The art of his earlier films, which most of us grew up on, inspired us so much.” “Without Ray Harryhausen, there would likely have been no STAR WARS”
“THE LORD OF THE RINGS is my ‘Ray Harryhausen movie’. Without his life-long love of his wondrous images and storytelling it would never have been made – not by me at least”
“In my mind he will always be the king of stop-motion animation”
“His legacy of course is in good hands
Because it’s carried in the DNA of so many film fans.”
“You know I’m always saying to the guys that I work with now on computer graphics “do it like Ray Harryhausen”
“What we do now digitally with computers, Ray did digitally long before but without computers. Only with his digits.”
“His patience, his endurance have inspired so many of us.”
“Ray, your inspiration goes with us forever.”
“I think all of us who are practioners in the arts of science fiction and fantasy movies now all feel that we’re standing on the shoulders of a giant.
If not for Ray’s contribution to the collective dreamscape, we wouldn’t be who we are.”
We’ve put some videos of his work and an interview he did.
In an effort to get people to go see the newest Titans film, Warner Bros. has spammed the airwaves with four more trailers. Each trailer gives a little taste of what has been causing mouths to water among the Greek-themed fanboy crowd.
The 2010 Clash of the Titans remake, while looking impressive and making a fair share of cash, left fans of the original a little disappointed. The new movie promises much the same, though less disappointment since there’s nothing to compare it to.
And without further ado, four 33-second clips filled with shit exploded, people being killed and giant monsters destroying everything in sight.
And don’t forget, it opens on March 30th and will be playing in IMAX 3-D!
Thanks to our friends at ComicBookMovie.com for giving us the heads up on this one.
Jonathan Liebesman‘s Clash of the Titans sequel Wrath of the Titans is not holding back when it comes to creatures and mythical monsters. The second trailer is brimming over with them, it’s a veritable monster-mash. Throw in Sam Worthington’s new wild and woolly haircut and the heart of the Clash of the Titans Harry Hamlin’s 1980’s feel might be back.
Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes reprise their roles as Zeus and Hades, adding Toby Kebbell and Rosamund Pike, both of whom get a couple good shots in this new trailer. Most of what this new look offers is monsters, monsters, and more monsters. Which is a major factor of what we really want and need from a movie like this. Check out the trailer below.
Everyone is patiently waiting for next year, when Joss Whedon brings us the much anticipated super hero epic The Avengers. If you missed the news earlier today, Walt Disney Pictures announced they will be releasing the Marvel action film in Digital Disney 3D. Shit!
The problem here is that The Avengers wasn’t shot in 3D, meaning that the film will be converted into 3D in post-production — just like what they did with Thor and Captain America. If you’re an optimist and you’re thinking it will go the way of Clash of the Titans, then perhaps there’s some value in that because Joss claims that it won’t be “obnoxiously 3D”.
While talking exclusively with JoBlo, the Avengers director reassured his fellow nerds, saying:
“There’s no, ‘Oh look, we’re going to spend 20 minutes going through this tunnel because it’s in 3D!’ And no one is pointing at the screen the entire time. But it’s an action movie. Things tend to hurtle toward the screen anyway.” … “I’m not a big fan of extreme long lens, talky movies – I like to see the space I’m in and relate to it, so 3D kinda fits my aesthetic anyway. And the technology has advanced so far in the past couple years.”
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Oh goody, the sequel to 2010’s Clash Of The Titans has a trailer and some images and no discernible identity at all. Warner Bros has released the first official trailer for Wrath Of The Titans and correct me if I am wrong, but doesn’t look pretty much exactly like the last one? You may have to correct me because I have gone to great lengths to eradicate all memory of that terrible movie (scotch).
Wrath Of The Titans will fill our eyeballs with all its nauseatingly bad 3D March 30th 2012, directed by Jonathan Liebesman (Battle LA) and stars Sam Worthington, Ralph Fiennes, Liam Neeson (Why, Liam… why?), Danny Huston, Edgar Ramiez, Bill Nighy, Toby Kebbell and Rosamund Pike.
You can check the trailer and some promo images out after the jump, then flame me in the comments because you really loved Clash Of The Titans and I am some how wrong for thinking it was one of the worst movies ever.
Go on, I dare you.
Over the weekend, two “first look” images popped up online. One for Clash of the Titans 2, the other for Hansel and Gretel. Below you will find both, along with some commentary.
Call me a new age nansy pansy, but I have an ear-to-ear smile when classic fairy tales get re-imagined in some ridiculous modern way. Such as the case with NBC’s Grimm and ABC’s Once Upon a Time, which I am lovin’ the shit out of. What can I say, my cynicism is defenseless against “everything old is new again” type stuff (Remakes and re-imaginings are two very diffrent things), especially any kind of Grimm and Aesop tale. So with that said, I’m kinda diggin’ the Paramount Pictures and MGM joint Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters.
Starring Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton and Famke Janssen, H&G: Witch Hunters is a re-imagining of the dark classic story. It explores what happened to Hansel and Gretel 15 years after the gingerbread house incident. They have become bounty hunters that specialize in tracking down and killing witches! The photo above gives us a good look at Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and Gretel (Gemma Arterton). The movie was directed by Dead Snow’s Tommy Wirkola.
Arterton recently spoke to EW about the tone of the film and revealed that it is a mix of Pulp Fiction and fairly tale. Here are some excerpts from the interview (AFTER THE JUMP):
Did you like the Clash of the Titans remake? Well congratulations… you are the 1%. Blargh! That crap fest was an unbearable, soulless, disaster. A perversion of literature and the very idea of storytelling. Regardless of my personal opinion and mass poo poo reviews, it’s getting a sequel, Wrath of the Titans, which is currently in production, set for a March 20th release. And now , as a sign of brass confidence, Warner Bros. is prepping for a 3rd flick. *Derp*
The brothers Warner have re-hired Wrath of the Titans scribes David Leslie (haha..Leslie) Johnson and Dan Mazue to write the script for the third installment, which will continue the journey (aka taking liberty with literature) of the character Perseus played by Sam Worthington.
This seems a bit preemptive, but I guess there is no wrong in getting all of their eggs in one basket in case the second one is successful. They just better hope the sequel is way better than the first and makes decent bank at the box office.
The first sequel is also set to star Ralph Fiennes, Liam Neeson, Danny Huston, Edgar Ramirez, Bill Nighy and Rosamund Pike and will be released in 3D and 2D theaters on March 30, 2012.
Production has begun on Clash of the Titans II. ‘YAAAWWNNN.” Sorry, I tried to watch the remake, but when they dissed Bubo the mechanical owl, I just lost all interest. Most of the cast is returning except Gemma Arterton, just another reason I probably won’t bother watching this until it hits the Premium cable channels for free.
Here’s the plot:
A decade after his heroic defeat of the monstrous Kraken, Perseus—the demigod son of Zeus—is attempting to live a quieter life as a village fisherman and the sole parent to his 10-year old son, Helius. Meanwhile, a struggle for supremacy rages between the gods and the Titans. Dangerously weakened by humanity’s lack of devotion, the gods are losing control of the imprisoned Titans and their ferocious leader, Kronos, father of the long-ruling brothers Zeus, Hades and Poseidon. The triumvirate had overthrown their powerful father long ago, leaving him to rot in the gloomy abyss of Tartarus, a dungeon that lies deep within the cavernous underworld.
Perseus cannot ignore his true calling when Hades, along with Zeus’ godly son, Ares (Edgar Ramírez), switch loyalty and make a deal with Kronos to capture Zeus. The Titans’ strength grows stronger as Zeus’ remaining godly powers are siphoned, and hell is unleashed on earth. Enlisting the help of the warrior Queen Andromeda (Rosamund Pike), Poseidon’s demigod son, Argenor (Toby Kebbell), and fallen god Hephaestus (Bill Nighy), Perseus bravely embarks on a treacherous quest into the underworld to rescue Zeus, overthrow the Titans and save mankind.
So after all that talk about “Mankind on it’s own,” and “Man not needing the gods,” Perseus is gonna just run save daddy Zeus. I would at least respect the reboot more if Perseus decided to defeat Kronos and Zeus both. I love that they are using the “Gods losing power because of lack of devotion” thing. Kinda makes me wonder why the Titans have any power at all, since no one has been devoted to them either . . .