Warner Brothers Pictures has sent out a press release about the proposed remake to 1981’s Clash of the Titans. Included in the the release is a short summary of the plot (which seems to vary mightily with the original) along with a cast list (teh monkey and I give them some credit for the casting of Eletrogirl Gwen as Andromeda) and the announcement that filming will begin today on the project.
Here’s what’s not in the release: any mention of Medusa, the Kracken, or Calibos and his riddle. Um, what?! How can you have Clash of the Titans without them! Would you eat chocolate chip cookies without sugar, eggs, and chocolate chips? Of course not! This better be an oversight which is being corrected as we speak! And, I’m just warning you WB, if the film doesn’t include Bubo the mechanical owl, I’m going to go ape shit!
Check out the full press release after the jump.
â€œCLASH OF THE TITANSâ€ COMMENCES PRODUCTION
FOR WARNER BROS. PICTURES AND LEGENDARY PICTURES
BURBANK, CA, April 24, 2009 â€“ Principal photography will begin on April 27 on Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Picturesâ€™ epic action adventure â€œClash of the Titans,â€ being directed by Louis Leterrier (â€œThe Incredible Hulkâ€). The film stars Sam Worthington (â€œTerminator Salvation,â€ the upcoming â€œAvatarâ€) and Academy AwardÂ® nominees Liam Neeson (â€œTaken,â€ â€œSchindlerâ€™s Listâ€) and Ralph Fiennes (the â€œHarry Potterâ€ films, â€œThe English Patientâ€).
In â€œClash of the Titans,â€ the ultimate struggle for power pits men against kings and kings against gods. But the war between the gods themselves could destroy the world. Born of a god but raised as a man, Perseus (Sam Worthington) is helpless to save his family from Hades (Ralph Fiennes), vengeful god of the underworld. With nothing left to lose, Perseus volunteers to lead a dangerous mission to defeat Hades before he can seize power from Zeus (Liam Neeson) and unleash hell on earth. Leading a daring band of warriors, Perseus sets off on a perilous journey deep into forbidden worlds. Battling unholy demons and fearsome beasts, he will only survive if he can accept his power as a god, defy his fate and create his own destiny.
Leading the international cast is Australian actor Sam Worthington as Perseus, the mortal son of Zeus, king of the gods. Worthington will next be seen in this summerâ€™s â€œTerminator Salvation.â€ Liam Neeson takes on the role of the mighty Zeus, and Ralph Fiennes plays the role of Hades, god of the underworld, who feeds on human fear. Rounding out the cast is Gemma Arterton (â€œQuantum of Solaceâ€) as Io, Perseusâ€™ mysterious spiritual guide throughout his journey; Mads Mikkelsen (â€œCasino Royaleâ€) as Draco, who takes up his sword to join Perseusâ€™ quest; Jason Flemyng (â€œThe Curious Case of Benjamin Buttonâ€) as Acrisius, a one-time king-turned-hideous beast; and Alexa Davalos (â€œDefianceâ€) as Andromeda, a princess doomed to lose her life if Perseus does not succeed.
Based on the 1981 film of the same name, written by the late Beverley Cross, â€œClash of the Titansâ€ is directed by Louis Leterrier from a screenplay by Phil Hay & Matt Manfredi (â€œAeon Fluxâ€), story by Travis Beacham (â€œDog Days of Summerâ€) and Hay & Manfredi. The film is produced by Basil Iwanyk, who produced the drama â€œWe Are Marshallâ€ for Warner Bros. Pictures, and Kevin De La Noy, who last served as an executive producer on the studioâ€™s blockbuster â€œThe Dark Knight.â€ The executive producers are Academy AwardÂ® winner Richard D. Zanuck (â€œDriving Miss Daisyâ€), who most recently collaborated with Warner Bros. on the comedy hit â€œYes Man,â€ and Legendary Picturesâ€™ Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni and William Fay, who have teamed with the studio on such hits as â€œThe Dark Knightâ€ and â€œ300.â€
The behind-the-scenes team creating this mythical spectacle includes director of photography Peter Menzies, Jr. (â€œThe Incredible Hulkâ€); production designer Martin Laing (â€œTerminator Salvationâ€); editor Vincent Tabaillon (â€œThe Incredible Hulkâ€); Academy AwardÂ®-winning costume designer Lindy Hemming (â€œTopsy-Turvy,â€ â€œThe Dark Knightâ€); OscarÂ®-nominated visual effects supervisor Nick Davis (â€œThe Dark Knightâ€); OscarÂ®-nominated prosthetics supervisor Conor Oâ€™Sullivan (â€œThe Dark Knight,â€ â€œSaving Private Ryanâ€); Academy AwardÂ®-winning special effects and animatronics supervisor Neil Corbould (â€œGladiatorâ€); and Academy AwardÂ®-winning makeup and hair designer Jenny Shircore (â€œElizabethâ€).
â€œClash of the Titansâ€ will begin filming in studios outside London and will later shoot in various locations in Wales and in the Spanish Canary Islands, predominantly on Tenerife, off the coast of Africa. Further aerial work is set to take place in the diverse locales of Ethiopia and Iceland.
Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Legendary Pictures, â€œClash of the Titans,â€ to be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.