It looks like Hollywood is ready to gear up for some Greek mythology movies and they have some heavyweights in the mix. As with all things in Hollywood, however, all things must go to excess. So, instead of having one Greek mythology movie or maybe two over a year or so, we have two movies that are racing to see who can come out first – which means they’ll probably come out around the same time.
This has happened plenty of times before, of course. I’m sure most of you can remember similar movie match-ups like Armageddon vs. Deep Impact, 1492: Conquest of Paradise vs. Christopher Columbus: The Discovery, Wyatt Earp vs. Tombstone, etc., etc.
Clash of the Titans
The first movie in the mix is the one we’ve heard the most about – a remake of Clash of the Titans. This film has been in the development stage for a while and even has a script by the great Lawrence Kasdan. It wasn’t until last week, however, that the film was essentially green-lit by Warner when the studio signed Louis Leterrier, hot off The Incredible Hulk, to direct the film.
In Clash of the Titans, Perseus, the son of Zeus, must overcome a series of obstacles to save his beloved Princess Andromeda, including cutting off the multi-serpent head of Medusa, who can turn a man to stone with a single glance. It is rumored that Kasdan’s script is a far cry more adult oriented than the 1981 version and could actually earn an R rating (which isn’t nearly as big of a detriment as it used to be).
War of Gods
The second film hoping to be the top sword and sandals epic at theaters is War of Gods. War of Gods is a mythological tale set in war-torn Ancient Greece, as the young warrior prince Theseus leads his men in a battle against evil that will see the gods fighting with soldiers against demons and titans. Relativity Media is prepping the film to be directed by Tarsem Singh (The Fall, The Cell). Relativity has fast tracked the film to get started by year’s end.
Reportedly, both films are expected to use the green screen techniques that gave 300 such a unique look at such a low cost.
Sequel to 300
Speaking of 300, Variety is reporting the sequel rumor as all but a done deal. That’s right. A sequel. To 300. That might be the most insane thing I’ve heard all year. Leave it to Hollywood to make a sequel to a film about 300 men who all died in a battle.
I know I’m in the minority on this, but I DID NOT like the way 300 looked. I found it more distracting and annoying than anything else. If using green screens in this matter is the only way you can afford to make the film, then I just assume you not make it. I didn’t even bother to watch Beowulf because of how much I disliked 300 (I tried, just couldn’t do it).
Green screen effects are nice when they’re seemless or when the artistic style of the film makes an interesting use of them (I loved Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow and Sin City), but they’re just annoying when it’s obvious you’re only using them because you can’t afford anything else.
Get Ready To Get Your Greek On
So now it’s looking like Clash of the Titans which I had high hopes for will be using this filming technique and that leaves me feeling really disappointed. I can just imagine how cool the movie could be using some modern CGI with some incredible sets. I guess I’m old school.
I can’t imagine that Tarsem Singh whose movies are so visually stimulating would be okay with the bleakness of the green screen backdrops. I know they said that War of Gods would be using those techniques, but it seems that Singh would be taking a dramatic artistic step backward if he were to do so. Then again, money talks so you never know.
Both films are reportedly being fast tracked to get them to theaters as quickly as possible. Like I said, I wouldn’t be surprised to see these films go head to head (to head perhaps) at some point down the road.