Tarsem Singh's Next Project: Greek Epic 'War of Gods'
Tarsem Singh's The Fall endured a hard-fought battle to reach mainstream distribution, having debuted at the Toronto Film Festival in 2006 and only coming to larger audiences a few months ago. Yet despite the film maintaining a modest 53% on Rotten Tomatoes, The Fall is a masterpiece among some circles (including here) and it's caught the attention of some pretty important people. Collider reveals that three producers of the awesome spectacle 300 have picked Tarsem to helm their new project War of Gods, which will be filmed in a similar fashion. Pairing Tarsem's eye with the style of 300 is almost too good to be true. This announcement also seems to cement a new epic fantasy trend, considering recent news about the upcoming Red Sonja and Clash of the Titans remakes also in the works.
War of Gods deals with "battles waged by Theseus, a warrior from Greek mythology, who leads a fight against the imprisoned titans… unlike some mythological tales, gods fight alongside mortals." I'd start getting used to comparisons to Clash to the Titans. Interestingly enough, Warner Brothers considered buying the script for Gods and using it for its Titans remake. In the end, Relativity Media (who usually partners with Universal) acquired the rights to Gods, pitting the two studios against each other in what will be an interesting race to release, similar to what happened with Alexander a few years back. If that wasn't tense enough, Warner Brothers just announced that they've secured The Incredible Hulk director Louis Leterrier for Titans. There seems to be epic battles on every front!
I'm a long-time fan of Tarsem and a recent follower of Leterrier, so this news definitely has me stirring in my seat. At this point, I'm putting more faith in War of Gods considering the ex-300 folks attached and the utter brilliance of Tarsem. However, this film marks the Indian director's first major studio project - The Cell was small, and The Fall was self-financed. There's no telling what a big budget might do to Tarsem's artistic sensibilities. Let's hope it heightens them! From what we know now, War of Gods might be the first to the theater. Expectations have Gods starting production in early 2009, whereas Titans was just greenlit, but being rushed as well. Talk about a war of studios and a clash of directors. This is GREAT!