Everything we have heard about Wrath of the Titans so far suggests it will be an improvement on the first film. They have a new director in Jonathan Liebesman (Battle: Los Angeles), new writers, and there will be no last minute 3D conversion.
In a recent interview Liebesman gave an update on the sequel and said it will shoot for 78 days starting next month. He also revealed that while he won’t be shooting in 3D, there will be 3D stereographer on set and the entire production has been conceived as a 3D movie.
What’s it like to get the keys to the Titans franchise?
Well it’s exciting because I think—again Louis Letterier is one of my mentors from NYU, so I’d never say anything bad about him ‘cause he has taught me a ton of sh*t—I think the first Clash was a missed opportunity. I think the second one…we’ve got a great cast, the same cast, and I want to ground it in a similar reality to say Battle: LA, like have that real grit to it. And within that, you have the fantastical creatures. So really bring it down to something recognizable, realistic in the costume and the way it’s shot and the lighting, lots of atmosphere like what Ridley Scott does, and put fantasy into that. ‘Cause I haven’t seen that in this genre, I haven’t seen fantasy in something that looks like Gladiator.
What can you tell fans to excite them after they were maybe burned by the first film?
For me, taking Greek mythology and all that fantasy and putting it in a real world that’s epic, like Gladiator, like a big Ridley Scott movie, and taking all that fantasy and putting it in, grounding it, making it feel real, that’s the movie that I wanted to see when I walked into Clash 1 and that’s the movie that Clash 2 is gonna be. That’s what I was looking for, I was looking to come in and have a real, intense, visceral kick-ass experience with spectacle but grounded, with great actors, and that’s what the second one will be.
You can read and watch the ful interview here.
A Gladiator-style Greek epic sounds interesting. Despite it’s fault I rather enjoyed Clash of the Titans, and I hope the sequel includes the missed opportunities such as Titans actually clashing and a bit more action from the Gods.
Wrath of the Titans sees the return of Sam Worthington as Perseus and Gemma Arterton as Io. Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes will also return as Zeus and Hades, and new addition Rosamund Pike will play Andromeda. Warner Bros. has the release date set for March 30th 2012.