Clash of the Titans Remake Being Written by Lawrence Kasdan
by Alex Billington
April 16, 2007
When I first watched Clash of the Titans in Astronomy class, I seriously thought it was some 1940 epic movie in the likes of Wizard of Oz that they made to tell this ancient Greek story. And damn did I love it! It was only later I found out that it was made in 1981 and is still an awesome film. And guess what, now they're remaking it - oh hell yes, this is a remake that is for once welcomed in my eyes!
The good news today states that Warner Brothers has set none other than screenwriting "hero" Lawrence Kasdan to write the remake, who wrote such insanely classic hits as Return of the Jedi, The Empire Strikes Back, and Raiders of the Lost Ark. And just think, now this is the guy who is writing the script for the remake of Clash of the Titans!
As a reminder for those who've forgotten, the film is about Zeus' son Perseus and his journey to save Princess Andromeda during which he must complete various tasks set out by Zeus, including capturing Pegasus and slaying Medusa. It was the last film where Ray Harryhausen did the special effects, and they truly are classic. The film had such unforgettable scenes as fighting the Kraken and Medusa and the best part, his mechanical owl Bubo (seen to the left)!
To me, this is a much better choice for a remake than The Day the Earth Stood Still. And given they've got Kasdan writing, this sounds like it could turn out just beautifully brilliant, despite everyone stating that they don't like remakes. Let's hope they get a great director, too!
Kasdan wrote and directed the film adaptation of Stephen King's "Dreamcatcher". The book was wonderfully intricate, playfully odd and quite a page turner. The movie, which had it's moments, was an embarassment, a big budget B-movie that kept getting worse and worse. If you look at the dream sequence in Kasdan's magnificent "Grand Canyon", you know the guy can do fantasy. The other films mentioned, while classics, are not entirely his (George Lucas and Steven Spielberg are responsible for the majority of succesful ideas in those films- Kasdan simply fleshed them out in screenplay form from the suggestions given). Unfortunately, its been years since Kasdan made/wrote a great film (his last few are "Wyatt Earp", "Mumford" and "Dreamcatcher") and, while he has an impressive resume and is responsible for great films ("The Big Chill" and "Grand Canyon") and television ("Dallas"), he's not a sure thing for "Titans" (which didn't need a remake to begin with!!). In fact, thinking back to Kasdan's "Dreamcatcher" and "I Love You to Death" (his worst movie), I'm not hopeful
Barry on Apr 19, 2007
While I'm not questioning the talent of the writer, I am questioning the need to ruin, I mean remake, another great classic. First THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL and now this. Can't anyone in tinseltown come up with an original idea? Or at least remake some bad movie that had potentional and leave well enough alone?
Di440 on Aug 30, 2007
So it is a remake. A remake does not take anything away from a classic. It is its own element. I feel that there are some better writers out there but there are some writers that are not as talented. I think he is in a great position and lets see what he can do. If it is something that does not settle with us....then we will just have to wait for another remake, however I do agree with the comment mentioned above/about creating something unique - ut all is well and I look forward to the movie.
Paul on Nov 29, 2007
Take this what ever way you want, i dont care. But to take a classic like " Daythe Earth Stood Still " and dumb it down with the politicly Bi- Racial family Sucks. Make it black or make it the way it was cast it as in the original. Dont screw with it.
ben marion on Mar 8, 2008
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