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!
Reader Feedback - 6 Comments
Sounds like something to look forward to. Epic Greco-Roman age movies are fantastic if done right. But they are few and far in between. "Gladiator" seems to have set the bar. And that was close to 10 years ago.
Planet Comic Book Radio on Jun 27, 2008
Sweet.. Singh directing Greek Mythology. It's like mixing milk and coffee... nothing bad can come from it. Can't wait to watch this visual spectacle. And yes I know my coffee allusion was weird, but oh well.
Alfredo on Jun 27, 2008
For every gladiator & 300, there's a troy and Alexander desperately trying to re-write the genre... Lets hope this steers clear of the latter, especially with a better known remake in the wings. Wasn't Vin Diesel poised to play Hannibal or something too? (yay swords and sandals!)
j_money on Jun 27, 2008
I'll repeat what I said in the other thread. The cast better bring the testosteroned musclemen. If they want women to show up at these ultimate guy flicks, they need the "300" hardbody abs to reel them in. Brad Pitt is the gold standard of killer abs, but probably too expensive. They should try for him anyway to pack the females in. Gerard Butler is obvious, but risks the movie being slammed as a 300 knockoff. Christian Bale is always a favorite. Josh Holloway has killer abs, but has never been in a movie or even headlined a tv show, so it'll probably never happen. Tom Welling's famous abs was the basis of the successful launch of his superman tv series. WB marketed the hell out of those shirt-less cross pics on buses and billboards. Vin Diesel has been out of the loop for awhile, but could still possess some femme appeal. Matthew McConaughey has famous abs, but oh god, he is sooo cheesy and smirky. Please don't go there! If Russell Crowe and Viggio Mortensen feel like slumming, and the studios are willing to shell out a fortune .... yeah, it'll never happen. After that, all my brainstorms seem to lead back to actors who appeared in "300", who are taboo. Like Gerard Butler, if they show up, it'll seem like a cheap knockoff. Hope you dudes weren't offended on my female perspective on things. ymmv
Lisa on Jun 27, 2008
hercules movie ? thor movie ? how about OLYMPUS VS ASGARD this would be exciting if there was a cross over movie match-up . hope marvel makes good on thor… but peter berg screwed up hancock i dont expect much on this hercules, the title sounds like less demi-godlike more human struggle , unlike spartan epic movie 300 just a simple title went from mortal to godhood in the end. one of the best endings ever…..
andre louie reyes on Nov 6, 2008
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