I’ve thought for a while now that Clash of the Titans is one movie that could do with a remake. The original from 1981 is an out and out classic, and will remain so – regardless of any updated version.
But, it is such a great mythological story, that I believe deserves treatment with today’s advances in movie-making. And I’m not just talking full-on CGI either.
Special effects master Ray Harryhausen’s model-work from the original is legendary, but there is no doubt it did limit important elements such as the fight sequences.
Of course, it has come to pass that Clash of the Titans is in fact being remade by French director Louis t, the man behind The Incredible Hulk reboot, or more to the point, the man behind Edward Norton, who was behind The Incredible Hulk reboot.
Anyway, it’s a film that is about to start shooting, as soon as they finalise their cast.
Australian Next Big Thing Sam Worthington is set to play Greek hero Perseus, with relative unknowns (to me anyway) Alexa Davalos as the love interest Andromeda, Gemma Arterton as Io and Mads Mikkelson as Draco.
It is now being reported well-known member of the mile-high club Ralph Fiennes is in negotiations to portray the main villain of the piece Hades (that’s a Movie Odyssey impression of what he might look like – or not), and Liam Neeson Zeus, if he in deed he is able to after the recent tragic death of his wife, Natasha Richardson.
Leterier’s ‘Titans’ is obviously more a ‘reimagining’ – hopefully not in the style of Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes (2001) – as I don’t actually remember Hades even getting the smallest of mentions in the original.
That said, I welcome the addition of a more constant, greater evil force such as the God of the Underworld (who isn’t necessarily evil, but I would imagine he will be in this), to complement the likes of Medusa, the Kraken and Calibos.
The movie is set for a 2010 release, and I’m looking forward to it.