Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures are developing the inevitable Clash of the Titans 2 and director Louis Leterrier will not be calling the shots. Deadline reports the studios hope to release a sequel with a new director by Spring of 2010. Let's be honest with ourselves, this is for the better. Clash of the Titans did make a whopping $390 million worldwide on a $120 million budget, but it was simply a weak movie.
One advantage to a sequel is the possibility of the studios actually filming it in 3D, instead of rushing the post-production conversion. The film was an action epic with some massive sequences that left us in awe, but the 3D conversion was embarrassing and distracting. Raise a glass to the smart ones who stuck to two dimensions.
Greg Berlanti is set to write Clash of the Titans 2. We'll get a good look at his abilities with the upcoming Green Lantern film, but considering his career began on Dawson's Creek, who knows what will come of it all. But hey, we've all got to start somewhere, right?
If Hollywood production companies are all about business, which they are, this is a no-brainer. The studios know exactly what made Clash successful (and not). By keeping Sam Worthington and dumping Leterrier, the focus should change while maintaining the level of recognition needed to continue a potential franchise.
This just shows the beauty of Greek mythology. It is so rich with characters and epic tales the possibilities are endless. It would be nice to see more of the Hades vs. Zeus rivalry. Unfortunately, we will not be seeing the return of some of mythology's more exciting creatures, like the cute and cuddly Kraken, who suffered an underwhelming fate at the hands of Perseus.
In an age of the film industry when sequels, reboots and remakes are creating a waterfall of money in studio backlots, I feel bad for the actors who blindly sign multi-picture deals. Sam Worthington may star in 20 films, but it looks like half of them will be sequels in franchises. Some actors are starting to figure it out, like Emily Blunt, whose commitment phobia kept her from the Captain America franchise. I can only hope for Worthington's sake the sequel to this one gives him a chance to actually act, instead of just be present on camera.
It will be interesting to see how Clash of the Titans 2 develops. There's no question the studios recognize the film was a hit, but lacked a certain value in quality. Plenty of lessons can be learned from the first and they need to be fixed before a sequel gets churned out. Simply rushing it to beat out Avatar 2 from nabbing the star of the franchise is not the right way to go. Frankly, Worthington's performance in Clash of the Titans was forgettable anyway.
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