Titans Director Denies 3D, But Confirms Massive Attack Score
Recently, director Louis Leterrier and the team behind the Clash of the Titans remake seemed to be making some epic production choices from presenting the film in digital 3-D to a score provided by the rock band Muse. However, in an interview with MTV, Leterrier confirmed that both of these developments will not come to fruition. The director was kind enough to clear up a bit of misinformation on both sides and though this is quite a disappointment for both fans of 3-D and Muse, he remains optimistic about plans for both 3-D and using Muse front-man Matt Bellamy to score something else in the future. Read on for more!
On the soundtrack side it turns out Muse, as an entire band, was never set to score Titans. Leterrier said:
"It was not Muse ever, it was Matt Bellamy [who I spoke to about providing music]. I love Muse, I'm the biggest Muse fan ever, but I wanted something a little different. [Matt] wrote a lot of stuff, but he started his tour. So not so long ago, he called me and he was like 'Louis, I'm so sorry. I have to be respectful to my audience and professional and I have to stop on Clash.' Craig Armstrong, who did my Incredible Hulk score-- Craig, he was going to write the score and Matt Bellamy was going to come in and do maybe 30 minutes of music."
Still, 30 minutes of music on Clash of the Titans from Matt Bellamy would have been a real treat for Muse fans and everyone else. Kudos to Bellamy for being professional about it and not just phoning in 30 minutes of shitty music. Fortunately, Bellamy has been replaced by another unique and stellar musical creative force: "Craig Armstrong is still doing the score and I called my friend Neil Davidge from Massive Attack to replace Matt… So it'll be Craig Armstrong and Massive Attack, which is pretty exciting." So what happens to the work that Bellamy did finish? "On my computer I've got great Matt Bellamy stuff [that he recorded for Clash, but it won't be appearing in the movie.] It's like a rain check, like let's do something later." Perfect!
As far as considering going 3-D for the movie, it sound like having Sam Worthington on set in the midst of the Avatar madness late last year might have intimidated Leterrier just a little bit. He admits to MTV:
"We tried [to do 3-D for Clash].' We tried hard. We just won't have time. Because it was Sam Worthington, I could hear all these 3-D stories from Avatar. And James Cameron was calling often, and I was like 'Guys, I'm doing the best I can with [the two dimensions] I've got!' So if we ever get to do [Clash] in 3-D, that would be fantastic. But it'll never be as good as James Cameron's stereoscopic 3-D. Maybe we possibly can re-release it in 3-D."
Behold, the power of James "JC" Cameron. It's kind of depressing to hear that Leterrier felt self-conscious about using 3-D all because of the epic force that Avatar had gathered before it was even released. But it might end up being good for the flick, so the 3-D doesn't feel like a tacked on gimmick, which is what I was worried would happen when we first heard that they might go 3-D. Hopefully the flick is good enough to stand on its own in two dimensions, although with Worthington and Leterrier, I don't think we have to be worried about anything. Any of this upsetting or is everyone still excited for Clash of the Titans?