Opening weekend has not been kind to director Alex Proyas‘ Gods Of Egypt and neither have movie critics. The film earned a paltry $14 million at the box office domestically and another $24 million world-wide, and sits on a 12% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Deadpool remained the top film for the 3rd week and while Gods Of Egypt came in second, critical reviews for the film, along with the pre-release poor press about white washing roles will keep many movie goers from taking a chance on the film during its theatrical run. Over the weekend Proyas took to Facebook to vent his obvious frustrations about movie critics and the state of the critical Blogosphere industry. (more…)
Gods of Egypt
As I was watching Gods of Egypt, I was reminded of an episode of Disney’s often-criticized version of Doug. The episode involved a big-shot character named Guy being inspired by a Broadway show to make a musical based on the Mona Lisa. He asks a goofy character named Skeeter to write it.
Skeeter asks: “What’s the story?”
To which Guy responds: “Who cares? It’s the most famous painting ever! It’s gotta be (great), right?”
Guy proceeds to tell Skeeter: “Just remember, it’s gotta be big! Big! BIG! Lights, songs, explosions!”
Skeeter has trouble thinking of a story, so Doug hands him a book of fairy tales. Skeeter ends up writing a cliched story that pretty much rips off Cinderella, and Guy loves it.
And then it hit me: in 1997, Disney’s Doug predicted the inception of Gods of Egypt almost two decades later. Alex Proyas probably skimmed a book on Egyptian mythology and ordered a big-budget blockbuster based on his perception of it. He then proceeded to hire two hapless writers to fulfill his fantasy with absolutely no attention to the story or its characters. Say what you want about Disney’s Doug, but it made a solid prediction if you ask me.
NOTE: This review contains SPOILERS.
You guys… I bring you this news because it is my job to do so, but that doesn’t mean I enjoy doing this to you. Let’s just get this done quick, like ripping off a Band-Aid. Gods of Egypt has released its first theatrical trailer. It’s… interesting to say the least. Besides the cast for a movie set in ancient Egypt being pretty damn white-washed, the special effects are big and bad and unapologetic. Every shot seems like a glorified flex-fest between Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Gerard Butler (The latter totally plucks out the former’s eye, by the way. Because that’s what you do when someone is unfit to be king, right?). Read on for the actual premise of the movie, and the trailer itself. (more…)
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…)
In some news related to Game of Thrones that has absolutely nothing to do with The Red Wedding or those involved, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, the cruel but charming Jaime Lannister, is in talks to star in Alex Proyas‘ Gods of Egypt. The Wrap reports Coster-Waldau will play the god, Horus, in Summit Entertainment’s mythic, fantasy epic.
Proyas, probably best known for the Will Smith flick, I, Robot, had a hand in shaping the script along with screenwriters Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama. Gods of Egypt is set in – surprise! – ancient Egypt and will follow, “Horus, the god of the sky, who teams up with a human thief and Hathor, the goddess of love, on a magical quest to avenge the death of his father, Osiris.”
I’m betting 10-1 in this version, Horus and Hather are brother and sister. And lovers. What? Gods and incest go together like a couple of Lannisters. … Which, means terribly, so scratch that, I just really wanted to work that incest angle in here. Anyway, Coster-Waldau, a god? Seems like a no brainer to me. Can’t wait to learn more about this flick. As of now, no production start date has been set, and obviously, still a bit of casting to be done.
What are you thinking about Gods of Egypt? Interested? Hopefully we aren’t in for another Clash/Wrath of the Titans or The Immortals.