Humans, gods, and demi-gods alike are set to mix it up once again in next year’s Wrath of the Titans, also known as Clash of the Titans 2. Sam Worthington will be back in armor as Perseus, mortal son of Zeus (Liam Neeson) and defender of humankind, along with Oscar-nominee Ralph Fiennes as the diabolical Lord of the Underworld, Hades.

Principal photography has commenced overseas on the Clash of the Titans sequel, which it seems will not feature the return of Gemma Arterton as Io, after all. That makes sense, though, given that the actress will be in Germany for Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters over the next several months.

Here is the official synopsis for Clash of the Titans 2:

A decade after his heroic defeat of the monstrous Kraken, Perseus (Worthington) – the demigod son of Zeus (Neeson) – is attempting to live a quieter life as a village fisherman and the sole parent to his 10-year old son, Helius.

Meanwhile, a struggle for supremacy rages between the gods and the Titans. Dangerously weakened by humanity’s lack of devotion, the gods are losing control of the imprisoned Titans and their ferocious leader, Kronos, father of the long-ruling brothers Zeus, Hades (Fiennes) and Poseidon (Danny Huston). The triumvirate had overthrown their powerful father long ago, leaving him to rot in the gloomy abyss of Tartarus, a dungeon that lies deep within the cavernous underworld.

Perseus cannot ignore his true calling when Hades, along with Zeus’ godly son, Ares (Edgar Ramírez), switch loyalty and make a deal with Kronos to capture Zeus. The Titans’ strength grows stronger as Zeus’ remaining godly powers are siphoned, and hell is unleashed on earth.

Enlisting the help of the warrior Queen Andromeda (Rosamund Pike), Poseidon’s demigod son, Argenor (Toby Kebbell), and fallen god Hephaestus (Bill Nighy), Perseus bravely embarks on a treacherous quest into the underworld to rescue Zeus, overthrow the Titans and save mankind.

Wrath of the Titans was scripted by relative newcomer Dan Mazeau, along with David Leslie Johnson and Oscar-nominee Steven Knight – with Green Lantern scriber Greg Berlanti also receiving credit for the screen story.

That’s a complimentary blend of writing talents, seeing how Mazeau has worked on in-development action-heavy fare like The Flash and Johnny Quest movies, while Johnson is known for crafting darker character-driven pieces like Red Riding Hood. Knight’s forte is that of gritty films in the social realism genre, including titles like Dirty Pretty Things and David Cronenberg’s Eastern Promises.

Battle: Los Angeles director Jonathan Liebesman will be at the helm of the Titans sequel, and he plans to design the film as more of a grounded and authentic swords & sandals adventure, in the vein of Ridley Scott’s Gladiator. That the filmmaker’s alien invasion pic was partially (and openly) modeled off Scott’s Black Hawk Down is likely no coincidence, but there’s certainly nothing wrong with emulating the artistic style of one of the more accomplished auteurs still working today.

What could be problematic is that Wrath of the Titans won’t be shot in 3D, but will still be released in the format – despite the bad taste left by Clash of the Titan‘s sloppy post-conversion 3D, which still lingers in many a moviegoer’s mouth.

Here’s hoping Clash of the Titans 2 actually proves to be better than its predecessor when it hits theaters next year on March 30th.

Source: Warner Bros.