Sometimes we have to give Hollywood credit where credit is due, and most of the time it has to do with felching money from moviegoers. Take for instance this year’s remake of the 1981 Greek epic Clash of the Titans. Grossing more than $480 million worldwide, the film was a huge hit for Warner Brothers, so of course they’re going to push a sequel into production as quickly as they can. In fact, the studio is all set to begin filming in January 2011. The only problem is there is no star and no director.
Sam Worthington will begin filming the sequel to Avatar (Tard Harder?) later this year, which would impede his availability to reprise his role as Perseus. Director Louis Leterrier (translated: The Terrier) will not return, presumably having surrendered to a German director. That’s right, French jokes. The World Cup started today and I’m feeling patriotic for my homeland of Uruguay. But as for Titans, WB is locked in on Jonathan Liebesman (Darkness Falls, Battle: Los Angeles) to direct, but there is no plan in place should Worthington not be able to return. But just for poops and giggles, Channing Tatum is rumored.
Turn me to stone, Screen Rant:
With the solid success of the Clash of the Titans remake ($486 million worldwide on a budget of $125 million), it’s no wonder Warner Bros. is looking ahead to a sequel.
We reported back in April that Clash of the Titans 2 was moving ahead without Louis Leterrier returning to direct. Fast-forward to today and we’re hearing word that the Clash of the Titans sequel might be upon us sooner rather than later, with a shortlist of directors already drawn up.
Clash 2 will actually be filmed in 3D this time so it doesn’t feature the same post-production 3D eye-rape of the first installment. While a bunch of people died in the first one, it is also unknown if Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes will return to reprise their respective roles as Zeus and Hades. So if you’re keeping track at home, that’s a sequel going into production with no director and none of the stars set to return. Even Police Academy got the entire original cast locked in for four films.
Should Neeson and Fiennes decide to bolt (*bowtie won’t stop spinning*), the producers could always just go the nostalgic route and bring back the original Perseus, Harry Hamlin, this time to play the King of the Gods. And Lisa Rinna could play Athena and her lips could play Bubo. Problem solved.