Starring: Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Danny
Huston, Gemma Arterton, Mads Mikkelsen, Jason Flemyng, Alexa Davalos,
Izabella Miko Director: Louis Leterrier
U.S. Opening Date: March 26, 2010
A remake of the 1981 film version of the myth of Perseus
and his quest to battle both Medusa and the Kraken monster in order to
save the Princess Andromeda. The original film is best remembered for Ray
Harryhausen's stop-motion special effects today.
The remake will be directed by Louis Leterrier
In this new version Perseus seeks revenge on the gods
themselves after his adopted family are massacred by Hades’ (Ralph
Is Sam Worthington the new action hero of the 2000s? You
may not know the name now, but you probably will by the end of the year.
By then you would have seen this 33-year-old Australian actor in two of
this year’s biggest sci-fi actioners, namely
Terminator Salvation and James
Cameron’s Avatar. Next year he will play Perseus in the remake of this early ‘Eighties flick, a role previously
played by Harry Hamlin. (Worthington also starred in the recent
Rogue, which is about a giant
man-eating crocodile terrorizing tourists in the Australian outback.)
Purists may fume, but remaking
Clash of the Titans isn’t such a bad idea.
The original film wasn’t really that good. Not only was it on the slow and
dull side, but Harryhausen’s fabled special effects weren’t really that
great either - even by the standards of the time. Let’s face up to it: by 1981 Harryhausen’s once revolutionary one-man-show special effects had been
long eclipsed by the likes of Star
Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark!
Director Louis Leterrier did
The Incredible Hulk and
Transporter 2, so expect a flashy noisy action-packed CGI heavy
special effects matinee show. (Incidentally the screenplay for the remake
is co-written by Lawrence Kasdan, who wrote
Empire Strikes Back, The Big Chill and . . . Raiders of the