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.
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