Only a thespian of Liam Neeson’s stature could dress up in armor with the sheen of aluminum foil, wear a brown Santa Claus beard, and utter phrases like “Release the Kraken!” without seeming completely off his rocker (just mildly). He’ll get to repeat that act yet again in the upcoming Clash of the Titans 2.
The actor has confirmed he is set to return as the lightning-happy deity Zeus in the Clash of the Titans sequel, officially titled Wrath of the Titans, which the actor says will begin filming by March of 2011, under the direction of Battle: Los Angeles helmer, Jonathan Liebesman.
Neeson informed The Belfast Telegraph that the 10th draft of the screenplay for Clash of the Titans 2 is currently being revised and polished, but that he thinks “it’s going to be some kick-a** stuff and [have] a very human story to it.” His comments seem to reflect well on Warner Bros.’ decision to hire writers with complimentary styles to pen the script for Titans 2, which will no doubt have its share of massive set pieces and action sequences involving CGI monsters.
Leading man Sam Worthington will return as the warrior Perseus in the sequel, along with actress Gemma Arterton as his significant other, Io. Rumors about Javier Bardem and James Franco boarding the Titans 2 train continue to circulate, while Ralph Fiennes will reprise his turn as Zeus’ sinister (and grimy) sibling, Hades.
Neeson claimed ignorance about whether or not Liebesman will actually shoot Titans 2 in the 3D format. That’s an especially sensitive issue for the Titans franchise, given how the stereoscopic post-production conversion job done on the first movie was universally deplored – and with good reason. Besides staining the film’s footage with an unpleasant green tint, the 3D version of Clash of the Titans was a blurry mess and inaccurately proportioned – so much so that at times certain characters’ heads even seemed to float like balloons, disconnected from their shoulders.
The original 1981 version of Clash of the Titans was an unbridled campfest full of cheesy F/X, actors in goofy creature makeup, a charmingly odd gold mechanical owl, and respected performers like Laurence Olivier and Dame Maggie Smith somehow managing to keep straight faces despite it all. It’s all quite silly, but entertainingly so.
Director Louis Leterrier amped up the production values for his Clash of the Titans remake and delivered a mindless but otherwise harmless bit of blockbuster action (poor 3D aside). Neither the remake nor the original Titans really lend themselves to a followup, so it’s anyone guess as to what exactly the plot of Titans 2 will encompass – though, admittedly, does it really matter?
Clash of the Titans 2 will be released in both 2D and 3D when it finally hits theaters, which is likely to be Spring of 2012. We’ll let you know when an official release date has been set.