‘Wrath of the Titans’ Avoids Release Date Clash With ‘Hunger Games’

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Warner Bros. has wisely decided that pitting its big-budget sequel, Wrath of the Titans, against Lionsgate’s potential blockbuster adaptation of The Hunger Games may not be the most brilliant of ideas after all.

The studio has returned the Clash of the Titans sequel to its original March 30th, 2012 release date, in the hopes that moviegoers who have already checked out Gary Ross’ big screen treatment of Suzanne Collins’ popular literary series will opt for seeing another battle between men, gods, and monsters thereafter.

Battle: Los Angeles helmer Jonathan Liebesman will take over the directorial reigns from Louis Letterier on Clash of the Titans 2, which has begun production overseas in Europe. Sam Worthington, Gemma Arterton, Liam Neeson, and Ralph Fiennes are reprising their roles from the Titans remake, and will be joined by a handful of newcomers, including Rosamund Pike and Edgar Ramirez.

Clash of the Titans opened (ironically enough) on Easter weekend last year and ended up grossing some $493 million worldwide in theaters. It was generally considered a decent if unimpressive remake of the cheesy but beloved original 1981 fantasy film, yet it seems the new Titan‘s most memorable quality is also its worst – namely, the sloppy post-production 3D conversion job that Warner Bros. rushed it through, in the hopes of cashing in on “audience demand” for the technology after Avatar.

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Now that Liebesman’s Battle: Los Angeles has hit theaters (read our own Vic Holtreman’s review), we have a better idea of whether or not his involvement with Wrath of the Titans is indeed a good thing. The gritty alien invasion flick had its share of problems, but those were arguably due more to the screenplay and not Liebesman’s direction. It’s also fair to say that the excessive use of shaky cam cinematography in Battle: LA was a conscientious decision on Liebesman’s part, and that he’ll undoubtedly shoot the Titans sequel with a much steadier hand.

There’s still plenty of reason to be concerned about Wrath of the Titans, seeing as it is being conceived, but not shot in 3D – and the fact that the plot this time around is more up in the air. With an interesting blend of complimentary screenwriting talents working on the script, and a different director at the helm, the new Titans battle may be an improvement on its predecessor after all…Hopefully.

As mentioned before, Wrath of the Titans is once again slated for theatrical release next year on March 30th.

Source: Box Office Mojo

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  1. Is anyone seriously excited for a Clash Of The Titans sequel? Honestly?

    Even Liam Neeson couldnt save the first film, it died of an overdose of bad writing, dodgy effects and a severe and fatal case of Sam Worthington poisoning.

    • I am. I thought the first was good, and better than the over-rated original film. I still don’t see how people label it a “classic”.

      • Because special effects were not what they are today.

        Back then, it was a great story and a fun movie.

        The current version is a ham fisted attempt to decry organized religion.

        • I agree with you on the special effects, but the story in the original film was just as weak as the remake.

        • I really got no hint of a conspiracy against organized religion. Did I think the movie was great? No, but I DID enjoy a number of elements in it, so I’ll likely catch the sequel at some point.

    • nop almost fell asleep durin the first one

  2. I fell asleep at the midnight show. Wasn’t impressed.

  3. Aviods? Haha

    I think tht a sequel could be cool. I like the first one enough to watch Wrath.

    • I just noticed that too! HA! Aviods sound scary!

    • Thanks for catching that, foopher. 8-)

      • Everyone makes typo’s. But some people can be really militant about it.

        • I wont be seeing this either Sam, cant stand Worthlesston. Seriously, how he gets any roles.

        • Hey some typo’s are part of the creative process. I wouldn’t be surprised if Aviods didn’t pop up somewhere in the future. Word used to describe Savageland mutates that fly, like Sauron? How about, mistakes made by Avi Arad? Just a thought…

      • It’s ah-ight! I just thought it funny

  4. Truth be told. I just purchase the Original Clash of the Titans in Blu Ray and honestly it sucked! It has some moments here and there but nothing dramatic. The story line was OK its more childish and the movie drags! I still loved it since I grew up watching it but compare it to the latest Clash of The Titans??? Forget about it!

    I love the remake as well. Its fast pace direct to the point and the effects are great but could’ve been better and by that means they could’ve made the movie a lil’ longer and put more challenges on the soldiers with their mission. Other than that it was an awesome entertaining film. And Im glad I didnt watched it on 3D! Im excited on the next one!

  5. I liked the new one, i also like the old one, so yeah I wanna see more.

  6. I am going to watch The Hunger Games and that’s probably the only thing that I’m going to watch that month. Maybe even 3 times!

  7. Moving the date was probably a good idea.

  8. Well we can obviously see who blinked and what it says about the two projects…

  9. Titans remake was a snoozer… I didn’t wake up until the Kraken made his appearance; it was a “B” movie at best. How does crap like this get green lighted for a sequel?