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Titans and Gods In a Time Crunch

by admin June 27, 2008 1:48 pm
Titans and Gods In a Time Crunch Because there's apparently nothing new under the sun, the 1981 Harry Hamlin toga fest Clash of the Titans is being remade. News of the remake has been circulating for a while has been out for a while, with reports that Blade director Steve Norrington would direct, but the movie's only just now been greenlit by Warner Brothers, thanks to a change in directors. Hot on the heels of his success with The Incredible Hulk, Louis Leterrier is set to take the reins of this refurbished ancient Greek chariot and drive it to the finish line. Warner Brothers wants him to hurry, though, because he isn't in the race alone: Variety reports that the studio is hoping to make it to theaters ahead of Relativity Media and its own epic Greek god flick, War of Gods. But how to speed up production to secure a victory?

According to the article, both studios plan to use the same "greenscreen techniques that gave 300 a complex look at a reasonable budget." Translation: neither film has a clear advantage. War of Gods has already been scheduled to begin production before the end of the year, while Warner Bros., having just given their own mythological movie the go-ahead, will likely lag behind. So how will Clash of the Titans distinguish itself from its Relativity counterpart? Maybe they can borrow some of those animatronic snakes from its studio's own Newline Cinema cult favorite, Snakes on a Plane. Picture it: When Perseus raises his sword to slay Medusa, he can exclaim: "I have had it with these motherfucking snakes on this motherfucking Gorgon!" Creating new special effects can be time-consuming, so recycling a few reptiles might buy them a couple of weeks.

But there's something to be said for not coming in first. The article recalls another race between two similarly-themed movies, when Baz Luhrmann and Oliver Stone each hurried to be the first to get out his movie about Alexander the Great. Stone won that race, but so what? What's the point in winning if no one's waiting for you at the finish line?

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