Hulk's Louis Leterrier Directing Clash of the Titans Remake
by Alex Billington
June 27, 2008
On the heels of Latino Review's scoop that the Clash of the Titans remake was being fast-tracked into production at Warner Brothers and that director Stephen Norrington had dropped out, news arrives announcing the newest director. The Incredible Hulk's Louis Leterrier, known previously for the two Transporter films as well, has been quickly hired to direct Clash of the Titans. The film is a remake of the 1981 classic that featured Ray Harryhausen's wonderful stop-motion visual effects and told the story of Perseus and his quest to battle both Medusa and the Kraken monster to save the Princess Andromeda. Can Leterrier move from Marvel's Hulk to Titans so quickly and succeed yet again? I think so!
While the original film used practical effects created by the legendary Ray Harryhausen, this remake instead will use greenscreen techniques similar to 300 to give it a "complex look." The script for the remake was penned by writer Lawrence Kasdan, famous for his Raiders of the Lost Ark, Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi scripts. In a previous script review, Kasdan's writing was said to "kick all sorts of ass" and boast content that had an R rating in mind featuring nudity, sex, and lots of gory deaths from really badass monsters. The style is meant to be much more like 300 than anything else. Sounds like the perfect remake of Clash of the Titans to me!
I'm a big fan of the 1981 Clash of the Titans, right down to Bubo the Owl. As much as I love that movie to death, it could certainly use a remake. And with Louis Leterrier's adrenaline-fueled directing and a similar style to 300, I could see this film quickly becoming a very highly anticipated remake. I think what excites me the most is that in the end both films, although they'll bear the same title, will still be separate. They may have similar stories, but I'll still be able to appreciate each one individually, which means I can get really excited for this remake without worrying about ruining the integrity of the 1981 original. Everything about this remake sounds great so far. I can't wait to see it come together!