When I first joined Screen Rant the first article that I ever wrote was a story on Clash of the Titans, a remake of the 1981 Ray Harryhausen-produced Harry Hamlin-starrer. Back in those days Stephen Norrington (Blade) was the man behind the mega-phone, however things in Hollywood are always fluid - so he has dropped out only to be replaced by The Incredible Hulk's Louis Leterrier.
Hold it, hold it - that's not even the big news, no sirree. The big news is that the film has now been fast-tracked by Warner Bros.
Lawrence Kasdan's script kicks all sort of butt.
So what makes this script so fantastic that makes the studio smell the money?
Well, for starters - it's an R-rated epic.
And yes, you read that right.
Remember, it was only recently that studios were afraid to make R-rated films - they thought that it cut off too many teens and their allowance dollars. However one only has to look at the box office gross of films like 300, Sex and the City, and this weekend's Wanted to see that violent and sex-filled movies make money.
The script for Clash of the Titan's is supposed to have shades of 300 - a far cry from the kiddie-friendly 1981 film that I love dearly. I'm not sure what to think about that. I'm old enough to handle it - but shouldn't myths and legends supposed to inform and entertain children? Or am I just getting too old?
IESB have a script review that states the following:
"Clash of the Titans the Remake is grown up, sexy and violent, filled with political intrigue from the tops of Mount Olympus to the Throne Room of Joppa. The quest PERSEUS undergoes is populated with all manners of creatures like Sylphs, Lotophagi, Strix, Minotaurs, Centaurs, Nephilim, Giant Scorpions, Anubite Jackals, Hyena Men, and Pegassi, and never feels like sloppy seconds from a dusty textbook. I'm so pleased to report the well written script sent me scuttling to the dictionary several times with vocabulary-above-a-ninth grade-level, like scutes, limn and (I love saying this word) feculence."
It sounds like it's a pretty well-stocked film, and that you will get enough special effects and creatures to warrant the ticket price alone!
At the very least this should be a curiosity of a film that will get my hard earned cash. At it's highest it could be the greatest fantasy epic ever made, and considering that Kasdan's had a go at the script - I wouldn't bet against it.
If there's more news you can be sure to find it here as this develops.
Sources: Latino Review and IESB