Clash of the Titans has claimed over $486 million worldwide following its release in March, and Warner Bros. has since announced a sequel is in the works with a 2012 release in mind. Louis Leterrier will not be returning as director (he will take on a producing role instead), which means Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures are on the lookout for a new director.
Well according to The L.A Times The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning director Jonathan Liebesman may be the leading candidate:
A number of filmmakers are in contention for the job, but one name that’s risen to the top of the list is Jonathan Liebesman. Originally a horror director — he made “Darkness Falls” and the 2006 “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” prequel — Liebesman has re-fashioned himself as an action director. The filmmaker has a movie called “Battle: Los Angeles” — about an alien invasion in this fair city — coming next year. He’s also onboard for another classic action tale (or an action tale set in a classic period) at Warner Bros: a re-imagining of “Odysseus” with the producers of “300,” which Liebesman helped conceive and then sold to the studio.
A quick glance at Rotten Tomatoes shows that Liebesman films have been poorly received. Neither Darkness Falls or Massacre has a rating above 13%, which isn’t very encouraging. Battle: Los Angeles, which follows a Marine platoon facing off against an alien invasion in Los Angeles, sounds promising. Liebesman may turn out to be a better action director than a horror one.
Warner Bros. are likely to confirm a director soon as they are aiming to begin shooting (actually in 3D this time, not converting) in January. James Cameron may call Sam Worthington to his New Zealand lair for Avatar 2 next year so they have to move quickly while Worthington is free.