After Zack Snyder’s success with 300, studios started greenlighting mythology-based films left and right. Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief and Clash of the Titans are currently high in the public consciousness, but there is one more project we haven’t discussed much here at Filmonic.
Tarsem Singh (The Cell, The Fall) is directing another mythology-infused film, the title of which will either be Dawn of War or War of the Gods, and has secured Slumdog Millionaire‘s Freida Pinto for the cast. Mickey Rourke is currently in talks for a role as well.
The film’s logline is the longest run-on sentence I’ve read since graduating from elementary school:
A purported bastard who retains an allegiance to his mother despite the fact that he longs to join the quest of a king who is battling demons in ancient Greece later embarks on a grail of discovery that has him finding he is the king’s son and also fated to become his country’s greatest hero as he leads the successful war against long-imprisoned Titans who are hoping to use the demons to restore their power.
So far Henry Cavill (Albert Mondego from 2002′s The Count of Monte Cristo) has signed on as the hero, Theseus. Pinto will play Phaedra, an oracle priestess who joins Theseus on his quest. Mickey Rourke is in talks to play King Hyperion, a Greek ruler at odds with the gods. Rourke is also being courted for a role in the new Conan the Barbarian film, so it is unclear whether he will be able to take both roles or be forced to choose between them.
Tarsem recently said this newest feature is “a really hardcore action film done in Renaissance painting style.” The painting imagery sounds consistent with his previous work, and I’m incredibly excited to see how he tackles a full-on action film. If you haven’t seen The Fall, I’d highly recommend it. Tarsem has only directed two feature films (after a career of mostly music videos) but he has already left his mark as one of the most visually interesting directors working today. Dawn of War (or War of the Gods) begins filming April 7th, 2010.