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?
Here are some of the top movie-related stories from Movies Without Pity this week:
Marky Mark's House of Payne -- We hypothesize Marky Mark's rap soundtrack to Mark Wahlberg's Max Payne. Tighty-whiteys not included.
Alan Moore Endorses Watchmen Movie! -- ...Yeah, that's an old headline from 1987. But apparently, he was totally on board back then.
Raaarrrgh! Hulk DVD Smash Expectations! -- The Incredible Hulk DVD comes out on Tuesday, and we tell you what you need to know before you go and buy it.
W.: Oliver Stone's Conspiracy Notebook -- Ollie Stone is cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs, and thinks the cast of W. is out to get him, if his set diary is any indication.
Star Trek Movie Images Explode like the U.S.S. Reliant -- J.J. Abrams has set off a clusterbomb of Trek movie pictures. Never before has a blurry picture of Scott delighted so many. (Okay, me.)
Quentin Tarantino's Sex Drive -- Did you know QT wrote the original screenplay for Sex Drive? Neither did we! Or anyone else. (It's not true.)
Dan and Zach Talk About Watchmen -- Not a sequel to Zack and Miri Make a Porno, but judging by how turned-on they are by 25 minutes of Watchmen footage, it might as well be.
After weeks of silence over a reported "feud" between Marvel Studios and Edward Norton over the final cut of the upcoming release of The Incredible Hulk, Entertainment Weekly published a response from Norton, citing that arguments arise all the time between studios and creative talent and the only reason this one turned into anything was because it was made public.
Although I rather think the argument should have been over whether or not it was even a good idea to make another Hulk movie after the disastrous box office showing of Ang Lee's 2003 incarnation Hulk, the studio and the star came to blows over Marvel's two-hour commercial cut and a longer more meditative cut favored by Norton. After news broke that there was a difference of opinion on the film, both sides stopped talking to each other full-stop.
The actor, who has built up a bit of a reputation as being difficult to work with after starring in American History X, a Tony Kaye directed flick in which it was reported that the director took so long cutting the film that Norton took matters into his own hands and cut a version himself, commented "Every good movie gets forged through collaboration, and different ideas among people who are all committed and respect the validity of each other's opinions is the heart of filmmaking. Regrettably, our healthy process, which is and should be a private matter, was misrepresented publicly as a 'dispute,' seized on by people looking for a good story, and has been distorted to such a degree that it risks distracting from the film itself, which Marvel, Universal and I refuse to let happen." Which, I'm sorry, but it's a little too late for that, Edward.
Being that nearly every reaction to hearing about this summer's release is "Wait, they're making another one? Why?" Norton should be out talking up the film instead of first taking his toys and going home and then instead of just jumping back in the game, following it up with a dissertation on why he took his toys and went home. Studios take note: Don't make Edward Norton angry. You wouldn't like him when he's angry.