Greece’s golden age hits the silver screen with 2010’s Clash of the Titans remake!
Remake madness is afoot yet again, with Hollywood greenlighting scripts not just for classic horror remakes, but also classic fantasy film remakes. Set for a wide release on March 26, 2010, Clash of the Titans has been given a makeover. The 1981 starred Harry Hamlin (formerly of L.A. Law and now better known as Mr. Lisa Rinna) as the hero Perseus, son of Zeus. The all-star cast included Laurence Olivier as Zeus and a dazzling array of stop-motion monsters by special effects wizard Ray Harryhausen.
Director Louis Leterrier’s remake of Clash of the Titans stars Sam Worthington (Terminator: Salvation’s reluctant human/droid hybrid, Marcus as the hero Perseus and Liam Neeson as Zeus, King of the Gods. A new addition of Hercules as a main player with Ralph Fiennes (no stranger to fantasy films himself as Harry Potter’s arch-nemesis Voldemort) cast in the role of Hades, Lord of the Underworld.
The new version of Clash of the Titans’s description sounds as if it takes a detour from the legend of Perseus from classic mythology. In the film, Perseus’ family is killed by the evil Hades who plans to unleash his domain on Earth and usurp power from Zeus. Perseus attempts to avenge his family and rallies a group of heroes and gods to combat monsters and thwart Hades’ attempts to rule the world.
Although a trailer has yet to be released, there are some still photos floating around of scenes from the film:
Sam Worthington as Perseus with an as-yet-to-be-named creature.
Liam Neeson as Zeus in golden armor
Perseus with his shield of the gods. Speculation is that it’s Medusa’s head in the bag!
Perseus encounters the Graae, the Three Blind Witch Sisters.
Although no photos of the infamous Medusa have surfaced, it has been confirmed that the serpentine she-demon will be in the film. Rumor has it that the design for this creature is something spectacular. Although the plot of Titans seems to have deviated from the original tale, die-hard classics fans would be up in arms with the omission of a key part of the story of Perseus.