Stephen Norrington to Direct Clash of the Titans Remake
This may yet be the saddest news all week. I truly adore the 1981 classic Clash of the Titans; from Ray Harryhausen's wonderful special effects to Bubo the mechanical owl to Harry Hamlin as Perseus and Laurence Olivier as Zeus. When I first heard a remake was being made, I wasn't too happy. But now this is taking a turn for the worst, as it was officially announced that Brit Stephen Norrington will direct the remake. No, it's not Admiral Norrington from Pirates of the Caribbean, this is the guy who hasn't directed anything since the 2003 flop The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.
The only good news on this project is that Legendary Pictures (under Warner Brothers) is the production company working on this, and they don't tend to go wrong too often. They're the production company that has brought the likes of Superman Returns, 300, 10,000 B.C., and The Dark Knight. The script for the remake was written by Lawrence Kasdan, who wrote The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Return of the Jedi. Production is aiming to start sometime next year.
Clash of the Titans portrays the Greek myth of Perseus and Andromeda in a realistic presentation of ancient Greece, featuring an all-star cast of actors and many classic mythological creatures like the winged horse Pegasus and the deadly Medusa whose glance turns people to stone.
I have both good and bad feelings about this. On one side, I wonder if it were in the hands of someone like Zack Snyder (although Stephen Norrington doesn't even compare), how much of a stylish upgrade it could get. If done correctly, this could be pretty cool. But then again, Norrington is no skilled director and I fear for the worst. It could also be a pile of crap that they tried way too hard to modernize. Either way, I'll be looking forward to what Norrington does to it and how it turns out.