The pun virtually writes itself, but still needs to be made – Greek deities, monsters, and mortals will clash with a league of adolescents armed for a Battle Royale-type showdown next year, now that Wrath of the Titans and The Hunger Games are scheduled for release on the same date.

Warner Bros. has bumped up its Clash of the Titans sequel from a March 30th to March 23rd, 2012 release date, which is the same day Lionsgate marked for releasing its adaptation of Suzanne Collin’s young adult bestseller.

Wrath of the Titans will feature the return of Clash stars Sam Worthington, Gemma Arterton, Ralph Fiennes, Liam Neeson, as well as franchise newcomers like Edgar Ramirez and Rosamund Pike. Jonathan Liebesman (Battle: Los Angeles) will be taking over directing duties from Louis Leterrier on the sequel, which will be shot in 3D, rather than post-converted. If nothing else, that assures that the second round between CGI monstrosities and men won’t be as headache-inducing as its predecessor.

The Hunger Games will be brought to life under the supervision of Gary Ross and has the potential to become another mega-popular literary title transformed into a financial blockbuster, a la Twilight or the Harry Potter series. No up-and-coming thespians have been signed on to star as of yet, but the likes of Hailee Steinfeld and Chloe Moretz have long been rumored as serious contenders to snag the lead role.

Both Wrath of the Titans and Hunger Games are mainstream action flicks and potential cash cows for their respective studios. While there is overlap between the two, the films should also appeal to different demographics and thus it’s possible that neither will cause a significant dent in the other’s box office returns. On the other hand, the studios may just be playing chicken and are waiting to see if their opposition blinks first, so we’ll have to wait and see what happens.

Which one are you more excited for – Wrath of the Titans or The Hunger Games?

As stated, both films will be in theaters on March 23rd 2012.

Source: Warner Bros.