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Stephen Norrington to Direct Clash of the Titans Remake

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December 14, 2007
Source: Variety

Clash of the Titans

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.

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  • Zach
    Probably will be loaded with CGI and more "explosive" action sequences to kick subtlety out the door. Though you can put faith in Lawrence Kasdan and Legendary Pictures, this one's definately pulling way too many strings. Frankly, with this one as the headstone, i can proudly say i'm sick of remakes.
  • Pat Abs
    As far as movies go, this one needs remade. The original blended Roman mythology with Greek. It was a good movie, but it tried way too hard. As far as the director goes, I actually enjoyed League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. It was very close to the graphic novel. It did fairly well at the box office too so does that make every movie you don't like a flop?
  • It was strange for me ...why until now there was no a remake of this movie specially with all these CGI abilities that we can do now :-) This movie will have a big challenge ...of course in the CGI stuff ...because there are a lot of great stuff that could be done by Visual Effects and give a great look ... Of course I will never forget the first movie because it was a classic and classic will still forever ... :-)
  • Aw dude! I gotta take exception to your depression! It's like everything is in opposite land here. You are all excited about Lawrence Kasdan? Look at what you're getting excited about! You're reaching back 20 or more years to justify Kasdan! In the last ten of those years he's wrote, produced, and directed Mumford (eh!) and Dreamcatcher! (Freaking UGH!) And before that he did the W.P.D. on Wyatt Earp (I nearly had to shoot myself just to keep watching it)! Kasdan has seriously lost it! Stephen Norrington, on the other hand, while having directed the abysmal LoEG, also wrote, Produced, and Directed DEATH MACHINE and THE LAST MINUTE - which both rocked! He also directed a little flick you may have heard of called BLADE! Remember that LOEG was also wrote by James Robinson, whose biggest claim to fame at that point were the films, Cyberbandits and the direct-to-video comedy, Comic Book Villains. Norrington also had to contend with Producers Trevor Albert and Don Murphy. Trevor's last big hit (still one of my top ten favorites) was Groundhog Day back in 1993. After that Trevor went downhill fast producing Stuart Saves His Family, Multiplicity, Bedazzled (the unfunny 2000 one), and freaking Because of Winn-Dixie! You can buy them as a 4-pack for five bucks at Wal-Mart! Don Murphy is the producer that made creator Alan Moore leave Hollywood, sorry he ever saw the place. Don's only hits have been Natural Born Killers in 1994 and Transformers in 2007. A lot of klunkers in between. As for Connery, well I like the guy onscreen, but he's been known throughout his long career as being difficult on the set; demanding special treatment even in his younger days, and making a snap-judgement upon first meeting whether he liked you or not. He's had problems with past co-stars, writers, directors, and so on. Sean chose to be very vocal about his dislike for Stephen and routinely aired dirty laundry to the press during the filming of LOEG: A regular public Prima Donna. If there had never been a Klaus Kinski, Connery would probably be pegged as most difficult of the talented actors of the 20th Century (and don't argue with me in regards to difficult UNtalanted actors *Cough! Bussey! Cough!*). So cheer up dude! Because until LOEG came along, Stephen proved himself as a writer, producer, and director and all of his prior movies are worth owning. I'm hoping Kasdan won't pull a Frank Marshall (because there is only one Frank Marshall) and try to put Stephen "in a box every day." Hopefully, Kasdan will appreciate that, Norrington's public fight and trouble with Connery not-withstanding, Stephen is probably as good a producer as he is.
  • Pat - Not every movie I don't like is a flop, but I think it was widely regarded as a disaster as far as I recall. It may have made a few bucks at the box office, but I think the response was horrid and it performed far worse than the studio wanted. It only has a 5.4/10 on IMDb... In my mind, what makes Clash of the Titans so classic is that it does NOT use CGI, but rather only Ray Harryhausen's special effects. If they go with CGI it'll become another same-ole kind of CGI look-alike that has become the mainstream in every movie nowadays. Feo - I'm always optimistic about everything, but this has a certain soft spot for me because of how big of a fan I am of the original Clash of the Titans. And with everything you just mentioned, I can't help but be afraid that it's going to be turned into a big CGI over-the-top screw over of the film that will focus more on how cool of a fight they can dream up with Medusa using CGI than how how cool of a Greek mythological story it all actually is. That's my fear for this whole film...
  • Pat Abs
    I may have spoken too soon. I looked it up on box office mojo and it did fairly well with $69 million but it cost over $100 million to make. I think that does make it a flop from the studio point of view. I agree with you though on the whole lets not get too far into CG here. Maybe they could find a happy medium or use alot of CG but make sure it all looks real (like 300).
  • You are an idiot
    League was made impossible for the director and all Norrington's previous films are fine. Have you considered actually studying your subjects before you pen such drivel?
  • bob
    like oh my goodness this is so awsome and so funhny hahahahhahah

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