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Beacham takes on Medusa and the Kraken with a CLASH OF THE TITANS remake!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with the geekiest news to hit the trades today. In another round of remake mania at Warner Bros. they've taken the next step in their redux of CLASH OF THE TITANS. They announced a while ago they wanted to remake the flick and now they've hired Travis Beacham to script the thing. Beacham's an up and comer whose original script KILLING ON CARNIVAL ROAD is in the works with Guillermo del Toro directing.

My thoughts... I love the original, one of the last films Ray Harryhausen worked his magic on. I still think his Medusa is one of the most well executed creatures in movie history and I love the cast, which are all badasses... okay, except for Harry Hamlin. But everybody else rocks in that flick. Burgess Meredith especially. One of the things I love the most about CLASH OF THE TITANS is it was one of the last fantasy films to actually feel truly fantastic. There was an awe to Harryhausen's work in the film that I don't think was rivalled until LOTR.

Beacham's got a tough road in front of him. On one hand I'd love to see an epic Greek Mythology flick, on the other there's a possibility of tarnishing CLASH OF THE TITAN's good name with some winky-wink at the audience imposter. Gonna be interesting to see who is picked to direct and see how the cast shapes up after that. What do you folks think?



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  • May 1, 2006, 7:12 a.m. CST

    Argh

    by CigsandCoffee56

    Remakes, everywhere.... First... I hate this shit...

  • May 1, 2006, 7:12 a.m. CST

    I would say that Harryhausen's turning in his grave...

    by seppukudkurosawa

    if it weren't for the fact that he's still alive.

  • May 1, 2006, 7:12 a.m. CST

    Nostalgia films

    by Monkey Butler

    That's what all these remakes are banking on. But it doesn't work, because the target audience (kids) won't get it, and the people that grew up with the originals know better than to watch them. Stick with the bad 70s TV shows, Hollywood.

  • May 1, 2006, 7:16 a.m. CST

    Didn't they show titties in Titans?

    by c4andmore

    then I'm all for it....

  • May 1, 2006, 7:16 a.m. CST

    Blasphemy

    by CuervoJones

    Where is the Inquisition when is needed?

  • May 1, 2006, 7:21 a.m. CST

    Yes...

    by DocPazuzu

    ...but will there be a magic owl robot and boobs like in the first one?

  • May 1, 2006, 7:21 a.m. CST

    At first I was on the verge of screaming...

    by judderman

    but then I realised that Clash of the Titans was not without flaws. Including beasts such as the Kraken and Caliban (remaned Calibus) in the story was unneccessary when there were so many genuinely Greek monsters to draw on. They'll never be able to top Harryhausen, or for that matter, Lawrence Olivier's Zeus, but it would be interesting to see how they try

  • May 1, 2006, 7:22 a.m. CST

    Clash of the Titans was awesome.

    by Darksider

    If the remake is great, awesome. If the remake sucks, then there's still the original. That's always worked for me, but for some people "raping" and "childhood" usually come in somehow.

  • May 1, 2006, 7:26 a.m. CST

    Clash of the Titans sucked

    by Peven

    as a big fan of Greek mythology i had been so jazzed about seeing that movie when it came out when i was a kid, and it was a monumental let down. what a pile of shit. maybe with this remake they'll get it right and do the source material justice.

  • May 1, 2006, 7:27 a.m. CST

    Cue the digital turds!

    by InspectorDoppler

  • May 1, 2006, 7:28 a.m. CST

    Morons

    by Media Fiend

    If they go after JASON & THE ARGONAUTS next I'm setting Gwangi loose on their lot.

  • May 1, 2006, 7:31 a.m. CST

    Surprise surprise!

    by DerLanghaarige

    Seriously. Since I saw it a few weeks ago for the first time, I knew that there will be a remake soon. I hope they pick a good crew for that

  • May 1, 2006, 7:35 a.m. CST

    Loved this film as a kid

    by kwisatzhaderach

    I agree, this could be a terrific film if handled correctly. What are the chances of that happenign though!!?!!

  • May 1, 2006, 7:36 a.m. CST

    at least Barb Wire was an original remake

    by CuervoJones

    Follow that path!

  • May 1, 2006, 7:43 a.m. CST

    Clash of the Titans?

    by TheTagger

    I dont want to sound like a queer or nothing, but I think unicorns are kickass.

  • May 1, 2006, 7:47 a.m. CST

    Unicorns are magical

    by tripp5

    and do a shit-ton of drugs.

  • May 1, 2006, 7:58 a.m. CST

    AAAARRRRGGGGHHHH!!!!!

    by The hoff

    As much as i want to spew forth bile about the idea of remaking the clash of the titans there is the potential for this to not be a travesty. If they go back to the origional myths and legends of greece and create a different interpretation of the story to the one shown in the origional film then i can cope with that. I do think however that there are plenty of ancient myths and legends to plundered by hollywood without the need to remake previous films.

  • May 1, 2006, 8 a.m. CST

    Will Kemp as Perseus

    by Anna Valerious

    That would be the only thing that would get me to watch this film...the lovely Will Kemp in a toga slaying monsters. Though we did have Dame Maggie Smith in the original. Shibs. :)

  • May 1, 2006, 8:10 a.m. CST

    Like anything else in the business

    by Grayle

    If they try and make something to give it the same feel as the original, i'm all for it! I'd love to see what we could do today with an overblown budget and a lack of stop motion. But if they're going to take something like that and make another fun summer film for the whole family or flash it up... then please, leave this one alone, aaand pretty much all the other one's their thinking about messing with.

  • May 1, 2006, 8:16 a.m. CST

    "Beacham's got a tough road in front of him."

    by Trazadone

    Really? Actually, over the weekend I watched the original for the first time in 20 years and I was struck by how crappy it was. Talk about a film that does not hold up. I say, "Bring on the remake!"

  • May 1, 2006, 8:18 a.m. CST

    Clash of the titans remake???

    by BendersShinyAss

    hmmmmmmmm. I think I'm all for it. Imagine for a second Sam Raimie with it, considering his style on Evil Dead, Dark man and the hospital scene in Spiderman 2.

  • May 1, 2006, 8:21 a.m. CST

    This is the worst movie news I've heard in years

    by Sith Witch

    This is terrible. Just pathetic. Clash of the Titans is one of my top five movies. Its beautiful in every way. I've always planned to do a sequel of sorts to it, but this is just wrong. Sure the mythology is all screwed up, but that's fine with me, because it works so well onscreen. Harry Hamlin rocked, Julie Bowker is incredibly beautiful and sensual, Burgess Meredith, Maggie Smith, Laurence Olivier, et al, all shine in this. And that score. And the mood. And the creatures. I'm about to cry just thinking of the cgi rape-fest this remake will be for such a beloved film.

  • May 1, 2006, 8:22 a.m. CST

    Clash of the Thetans!

    by TELF

    Cruise vs Travolta for the undisputed "Most Poorly Closeted Family Man" title. Original Clash is great fun, but wasn't very good really was it? The effects are great but it's all just cobbled together psuedo-mythology. Hamlin was also a bit rubbish, I reckon. Good call on the robot owl Doc! They should track down unused footage of Burgess Meredith and do some Superman Returnsesque tomfoolerly.

  • May 1, 2006, 8:24 a.m. CST

    Judy Bowker

    by Sith Witch

    My typing was off-kilter as I was caught up in the moment. When will we have the ability to edit our own comments? And whatever happened to being able to e-mail posters? Now everyone's names are non-hyperlinked.

  • May 1, 2006, 8:28 a.m. CST

    The only tits in the original . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . were Medusa's fake clay tits. They did show Andromeda's all-too-real ass though. She was getting out of her pre-sacrificial bubble bath. No tits though. I agree that they should just make a different movie w/ unused Greek myths. I'm thinking Balerathon on Pegasus battling whatever monster he fought. That's going to bother me, what monster was that?

  • May 1, 2006, 8:33 a.m. CST

    The movie that turned me into a geek.

    by Gilkuliehe

    That's right, I was five when I saw this. On a huge CINERAMA screen. And all the monsters -specially Medusa- blew me away. I never saw films the same way... I don't know how I feel about this remake news though.

  • May 1, 2006, 8:36 a.m. CST

    Good news

    by giger167

    I find it hard to understand how anyone can feel negative about the news. Loads of Ray Harryhausen films are possitively ripe for remakes lol, and Clash of Titans with updated effects but retaining the greek myth vibe could work great. Remake snobs do my head in lol, I see nothing wrong with revisiting classics that most young kids nowadays have never seen, and anything that encourages a kid to go to a dvd store and pick up a Harryhausen flick is cool by me. I can think of four or five films crying out for a remake e.g mysterious island, any of the Sinbad films (oops Pirates of the Carribean is already remaking them lol) Oh and CGI is good. And The King Kong remake rocks lol.

  • May 1, 2006, 8:37 a.m. CST

    Chimera, I reckon...

    by TELF

    Marmot. Remember all the pretentious bollocks in MI2? The disease was Chimera and the cure was Balerathon...

  • May 1, 2006, 8:39 a.m. CST

    remake?

    by stvnhthr

    Why not do a totally original film in the same vein? Clash of the Titans does not need remade, and the original veered far enought from the source material that a completely original could succeed on its own merrits. It isn't like there is a lack of mythology to adapt.

  • May 1, 2006, 8:40 a.m. CST

    Nice Marmot

    by DocPazuzu

    So you say, sir! There is in fact a topless scene although it is in the context of the breast-feeding of Perseus, so it isn't erotic in the slightest. Unless you're into that type of thing.

  • May 1, 2006, 8:54 a.m. CST

    Nostalgia...

    by TELF

    It's a tricky one isn't it? We all love Superman: The Movie. But if someone, these days, released a Cap film called Captain America: The Movie that featured a romantic scene where the female lead, in voiceover, reads a poem to our hero, or just made up some extra powers, or completely changed a key baddy etc, etc we'd probably go ape-shite. But, I assume, many of us saw Supe 1 as kids and it just becomes kind of sacrosanct. I love Flash Gordon, even though it's totally dated nonsense with mad acting and effects that were dated at the time; in fact I love it FOR those reasons. But most of all I love it because it was the first film I saw in a cinema and every time I watch it I feel re-connected to my childhood, in a really nice way. That and Brian Blessed. And Ming's daughter: "No! Not ze Bore Worms!" Shit, I take it back, Flash Gordon Rules!!!

  • May 1, 2006, 8:54 a.m. CST

    Holy Crap! Will Smith is gonna rock as Perseus!

    by JAGUART

  • May 1, 2006, 8:58 a.m. CST

    How about GODS with a 300 look and feel?

    by zinc_chameleon

    If 300 does well, then 'Clash' would be well advised to make the Greeks rough and gritty, thereby making the Gods and Monsters all that more fantastic. Remember that Aragorn never got around to washing his hair for most of the Fellowship of the Ring.

  • May 1, 2006, 8:59 a.m. CST

    WB franchises...

    by TELF

    Seeing as studios all want juicy franchises, they could maybe use Clash of the Titans as a kind of umbrella title for a series of myth adaptations. Just keep the Gods the same from movie to movie, but show different heroes. Lots of them intertwine anyway: Hercules met Theseus and Jason, for example. Could work.

  • May 1, 2006, 8:59 a.m. CST

    I always thought this would be a good remake.

    by jimmy_009

    The first movie was cheesey, but had some cool stuff in it. I doubt they'll be able to top Medusa though. Oh, and leave out that stupid mechanical owl.

  • May 1, 2006, 9:02 a.m. CST

    "Flash Gordon Rules!!!"

    by DocPazuzu

    Yes, TELF, it most certainly does! It's a terrible movie, but so over the top in so many ways that you have to be a cold-hearted bastard not to love it. Apart from the cool/cheesy production design and wonderful/horrible Queen soundtrack, there's the fond memories of certain funny feelings being stirred by Ornella Muti while at an impressionable age. Good times, good times...

  • May 1, 2006, 9:03 a.m. CST

    JAG...

    by TELF

    YES! AWW HADES NAW! And we can get that Bloom kid to play Hercules! He was totally convincing as a big, strong blacksmith. Twice! But what about Jude Law and Colin Farrel? They don't work enough!

  • May 1, 2006, 9:17 a.m. CST

    Let's face facts

    by IAmLegolas

    CLASH OF THE TITANS would have been garbage if it wasn't for Harryhausen's wonderful stop motion effects work. Heck, I know many people who feel it's garbage anyways. Remaking it with most likely shoddy CGI work is....eh, I give up.

  • May 1, 2006, 9:20 a.m. CST

    I'll allow it!

    by brycemonkey

    I like fantasy stuff so I'll look kindly on a remake, as long as it has some balls... Fantasy is great as you get to see some of the geek sexual kinks. Lactating Gorgon Porn anyone? DocPazuzu? ;-)

  • May 1, 2006, 9:21 a.m. CST

    Talking of fantasy kinks, Flash Gordon...

    by brycemonkey

    After the Princess is 'tortured'... "Funny girl, I think she rather enjoyed it..." Who's with me?!

  • May 1, 2006, 9:22 a.m. CST

    Doc...

    by TELF

    One of my fave bits of Flash ( maybe you've spotted it) is where Dalton kills the guys manning the Laser machine gun, which is mounted on a tripod. He then uses it to kill some more baddies who arrive. He then stands, lifting the gun which detaches from the tripod, goes to leave... and then kicks over the tripod for NO REASON. It looks like he was supposed to lift the gun and perhaps sweep the tripod in one cool motion. Instead, it looks like he forgot, and then at the last minute kicks it so as not to get told off by Dino. OR. Barron Hates Tripods like R. Lee Emrey Hates Cans!!! Either way, it is an absolute gem.

  • May 1, 2006, 9:23 a.m. CST

    UnleashThe Renderman Kraken!

    by CaptDanielRoe

    Lame. So lame. (How do you get a kraken on leash, anyway?) Fortunately I never liked Clash of the Titans so for once I can just laugh at the nerds as their precious history is smeared. Because, for once, I'm not one of them. Now if they were to touch Harryheusen's Sinbads.... Then it really would be time to unleash the kraken.

  • May 1, 2006, 9:25 a.m. CST

    I don't mind to be honest

    by Terry_1978

    We haven't really had an actual ancient Greek mythology movie done as of late that wasn't "rooted in reality". Meaning no monsters for them to fight, no magical artifacts, etc. It's always been giant wars taking place in realistic portrayals. I want them to go ahead and do it just so we can get some giant Hydras and a new Medusa with today's f/x.

  • May 1, 2006, 9:27 a.m. CST

    Got things to do but...

    by TELF

    ... can't stop talking about Flash! My fave bit of Princess related chit chat is where Ming is uses his Hypno-Lap-Dance-Ring on Dale and Klytus says to Ming "She rivals even your daughter..." I remember finally comprehending the ramifications of that whilst innocently viewing it in my early teens and going: "Wait a fucking minute! Ewwww.." Brilliant.

  • May 1, 2006, 9:35 a.m. CST

    "Lactating Gorgon Porn anyone?"

    by DocPazuzu

    I guess that beats "Centaur Bukkake", which someone mentioned a few years ago and had me laughing for ages.

  • May 1, 2006, 9:45 a.m. CST

    TELF

    by DocPazuzu

    Heh, good calls on the inherent groovy pervorosity of Flash Gordon, as well as the priceless tripod bit ("Oh no! We can never use this tripod again! It's been knocked over! Damn you, Barin!"). I also love the bit where Muti is being whipped and that dominatrix, general Kala, says something to the effect of: "we don't enjoy doing this, it's for your own good", after which she has to be physically restrained from whipping her more. Hilarious! Furthermore, any movie in which the line "From this day on, let every breed of Mongo live on -- in peace" is delivered with such deadpan earnestness by Timothy Dalton is cinema gold.

  • May 1, 2006, 9:50 a.m. CST

    Well said...

    by brycemonkey

    If only the TBers could follow Prince Barin's wise words and live like Mongos, in peace ;-)

  • May 1, 2006, 9:52 a.m. CST

    Keep the same music...

    by donkingkong

    the music in it was great! Man when I was a kid a frigg'n loved that movie, especially the ass and side titty shots of the princess. Made a 8 year old boy feel helplessly giddy. Hope they don't CGI the shit out of this thing either. Honestly I can't think about how they can improve upon the orginal, it's badass Hamlin an' all!

  • May 1, 2006, 9:55 a.m. CST

    You know there won't be tits in it

    by I Dunno

    Because today's Hollywood are a bunch of slack jawed faggots. People say the FX in the original don't hold up but they didn't look real in 1981 either. That was just the style.

  • May 1, 2006, 10:05 a.m. CST

    Get Henry Selick to do the critters in stop-motion.

    by Osmosis Jones

    It'd be a nice nod to Harryhausen, and Selick could use the work. Anyways, the original movie isn't being fucked with, so bring on a remake, if they must. Could be cool.

  • May 1, 2006, 10:16 a.m. CST

    Anybody remember that shampoo commercial with Medusa?

    by MrBoinfoint

    The pantheon are all hanging around, looking suitably elemental and godlike, and medusa shows up with her snake hair, and somebody gives her some shampoo with conditioner and she transforms into some hot chick? Yeah, pretty stupid premise, but the effects on the gods and the overall look and tone of Olympus was top notch. That's what they need to look like, not just a bunch of overpaid actors slumming in togas like rejects from I, Claudius. The original Clash definitely had some good points, but a lot of it was, in retrospect, just plain stupid. Fucking golden clockwork owl R2D2 ripoff? What the fuck?

  • May 1, 2006, 10:26 a.m. CST

    I've been waiting for this...

    by Datascream

    ...since I saw the original. I liked the original, tho I felt it needed some updating. Even tho the cheese factor is what drew me into it in the first place [you can't beat the stop-motion skeleton shakes]it needs a bigger epic feel to it, with some better effects and actors [sorry Quint, I thought they all kinda sucked, but Medusa WAS pretty cool]. So I'm actually glad their remaking this movie, I just hope it done right.

  • May 1, 2006, 10:35 a.m. CST

    Clash was the worst of the Harryhausen myth films

    by Max Meanie

    The lighting and cinematography made it look like it was shot on video camcorders. It also has some of the worst blue screen shots I've ever seen. I don't know if "Jason" or the Sinbad films were technicolor but they looked so much better. No complaints against the stop-motion but besides Medusa I didn't get that "WOW" feeling I got from Talos or the cyclops or Shiva. Look at Clash again, especially the Olympus scenes and tell me it doesn't look direct to video. I'd rather they remake a really bad film like "Robot Monster."

  • May 1, 2006, 10:36 a.m. CST

    Clash seesawed between awesome and stupid

    by Big Bad Clone

    Kraken, Meduse, crossing the river Styx, etc. all were fucking great. The R2D2 owl, Hera's head and the Mount Olympus scenes were fucking awful.

  • May 1, 2006, 10:49 a.m. CST

    Awful, awful, awful movie.

    by Trazadone

    Interesting only for the Harryhausen purists amongst us. And Peter Jackson already gave those people all the closure they will ever need with the cave troll sequence.

  • May 1, 2006, 10:54 a.m. CST

    CGI

    by DiernaSoul

    Altho Im very pissed that they're remaking one of my fave movies, Im just imagining all the CGI that it's gonna have. Particularly for Medusa, the Kraken, Pegasus, the talking head of the statue of Hera, Dioskilos could easily be Cerebrus now...It should be interesting what all they do with it. But Im still mad that they would even think of making a remake. Just be thankful that it's not another Jason and the Argonauts remake. One of those seem to come out every couple years. :P

  • May 1, 2006, 11 a.m. CST

    No Greek gods was part of the pitch...

    by genro

    Unless something has changed, it was orginally sold like Troy, not a Greek LOTR.

  • May 1, 2006, 11 a.m. CST

    Please, Please, Please...'Drop Bubo'

    by PRAWNBALL11

    Without doubt...the only good reason for a bird flu outbreak.

  • May 1, 2006, 11:01 a.m. CST

    I agree DiernaSoul...

    by brycemonkey

    they need to spend a *lot* of money making the effects look great otherwise it'll just look like any other underfed TV movie (Earthsea, Jason and the Argh-o-naghts, etc).

  • May 1, 2006, 11:02 a.m. CST

    BRING IT ON!

    by skycrapper

    Now that Hollywood is officially out of ideas for big blockbuster movies (aside from taping comic material)they might as well go back to the well of good 'ol mythology. I'm all for seeing a darker more epic Clash of the Titans. Just get rid of the stupid mechanical owl.

  • May 1, 2006, 11:05 a.m. CST

    EXCELLENT IDEA

    by the beef

    and i truly enjoy the original. Extremely cheesy at some points. I won't start complaining until i see who is cast as what. I'd love to see Christopher Lee as Zeus. I'd imagine that someone along the lines of Colin Ferrell will get cast as Perseus. All I can say is i hope that Medusa is not a CGI character. I'd love to see Rick Baker work some make-up magic for that, otherwise i think we're going to get something that looks like The Rock as the Scorpion King from The Mummy 2.

  • May 1, 2006, 11:06 a.m. CST

    Bubo

    by BRUTICUS

    i thought the mechanical bird was cool when i was a kid.

  • May 1, 2006, 11:11 a.m. CST

    Don't fuckin' do it!!!

    by butnugget

    DO NOT RETOUCH THE CHEESE!

  • May 1, 2006, 11:18 a.m. CST

    Will Smith as Perseus!

    by cerebulon

    Yeah! That would be great! He could say to Medusa (played by Lindsay Lohan), "Won't start nothin', won't be nothin'" And the whole Andromeda riddle could be the new soundtrack and number one hit in America! "In my mind's eye I see, three circle joined in priceless, graceful harmony...yeah, yeah,... Clash of the Titans, Greecian Avengers!" That would rock my socks! And while were are at it, those swords are way to voilent for children, so lets replace them with walkie-talkies and the greek gods with Ewoks! It would be perfect then!

  • May 1, 2006, 11:20 a.m. CST

    Lord, please include the robot owl...

    by Billyeveryteen

    I didn't get enough of R2-D2, Twiki, Muffit, Ewoks, those Dark Crystal faggots, etc. Oh, and general Kala was HAWT!

  • May 1, 2006, 11:20 a.m. CST

    ...oh by the way...

    by cerebulon

    Has anyone ever notices that there are no titans in clash of the titans? Medusa was a gorgon. The kraken isn't even from greek mythology, he's from Norse. So, there was never any titan clashing to begin with.

  • May 1, 2006, 11:32 a.m. CST

    Well...

    by Kraken

    I hope they do a good job. But either way, I'll always have the original on DVD I guess. I just hope they don't go with that lame idea of having the Gods be teenagers on earth with no Titan monsters at all. They'll also need to get Rob Botin somehow to do Medusa's blood. Oh God, please do a good job.

  • May 1, 2006, 11:32 a.m. CST

    But the Kraken isn't even FROM Greek mythology. F.F.S.

    by RobinP

    That bugged me a little back in the day, and it's gonna bug me again now. I overlooked it the first time, but GOD DAMN IT - they're gonna make remake Harryhausen's swan song and make the SAME mistake AGAIN. They may well call it poetic license...but give us SOME credit for having read a book or two in our lives that didn't have pictures in it.

  • May 1, 2006, 11:32 a.m. CST

    Y'all are wrong about Judi Bowker's nudity...

    by DarthCorleone

    I just rewatched it on the big screen last week. In that emerging-from-the-bath scene, you definitely get a good side angle of her right breast.

  • May 1, 2006, 11:34 a.m. CST

    Just read the talkbacks above me...

    by Kraken

    What's with all the hate for poor Bubo??? Where the fuck are your fucking hearts people???

  • May 1, 2006, 11:34 a.m. CST

    How about they make a GOD OF WAR movie instead?

    by Orionsangels

    It would be much more badass

  • May 1, 2006, 11:41 a.m. CST

    Kraken

    by Shaner Jedi

    they have no patience for whimsy. But whimsy helps balance a narrative. Go Bubo!

  • May 1, 2006, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Nooooooooooooo!

    by quadrupletree

    Why do they have to go and shit on original films? Hollywood sucks ASS! Make some fucking original movies! This is such a classic film, it doesn't need to be remade!

  • May 1, 2006, 11:50 a.m. CST

    When I was a wee lad in 81 and saw Titans

    by Orionsangels

    My friends laughed at me. They said the special effects were retarded. They talked about Star Wars and Close Encounters. All the big effect movies up until then and compared Titans to them. They said things like cheap and cartoony looking. I knew it was old style special effects. I wasn't fooling myself, but having grown up and loving Ray Harryhausen films. I mean the first movie I remember seeing with my Dad as a 4 year old was Golden Voyage of Sinbad. Which I own on DVD now. That 6 armed statue with the swords changed my life. I thought it was the greatest thing I had ever seen. So when Titans came out. I couldn't help it. I liked it. I liked it alot. Still do. I like the look of stop motion. The way it moves kinda jerky. It makes for a more fantastical look. It's just ten times cooler looking at say, Jason battle 6 of Rays skeltons than brandon Frasier fighting CGI mummy things. You just appreciate the work more in a stop motion effect films. Clash of the Titans is like King Kong now. In that the effects are primitive looking by todays standards, but it doesn't matter. It's a classic film that holds your interest and takes you on a fantastic adventure.

  • May 1, 2006, 11:54 a.m. CST

    Interesting Fact...

    by Orionsangels

    Alot of the music in Titans was reworked, rerecorded and used in the Super Nintendo game Actraiser. Especially during the final boss battle.

  • May 1, 2006, 12:04 p.m. CST

    God of War movie & Clash of the Titans

    by cyberskunk

    Aren't they, in fact, developing a God of War movie? I think I read at least that a movie's been optioned and I read about it on this site. Checking with google shows it's been optioned. Which I guess is different from actually being in development. About a Clash of the Titans remake, though, my personal response is, "For goodness sake, why bother?" It's not because I'm in love with the original, but rather you've got access to all these myths, you can re-arrange them anyway you want for a movie, and you decide to re-arrange someone else's modern re-arrangement.

  • May 1, 2006, 12:14 p.m. CST

    WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

    by Missing Dink

    By the way, Harryhausen is not dead. He was just at a screening of Beast from 20,000 Fathoms in Santa Monica.

  • "RESTING ????" "Uh - yeah...'e's probably pining for the fjords" Come on people - keep up. Fjiords....in Norway...where the Kraken originated in mythology. Jeez, tough room.

  • May 1, 2006, 12:46 p.m. CST

    All retarded..

    by NightArrows

    Are you Stop-Mo people for real? I mean, I love Ray's flicks if not in a nostalgic way, then for a kitschy cool way. But people who say "I can't believe in CGI, give me Stop Motion!" are truly fucked in the head. Just because it's a physical effect doesn't make it any easier/better to believe in. It looks retarded from a realism standpoint and that's the fact Jack. If Hollywood would produce BETTER CGI instead of scraping the intern barrel, then effects laden films would be that much better off. As for the "Old school method" FUCK IT. It's dead. Let it go. Or goo jump into the Model T and smoke a Prohibition Fatty and hide under a blanket for the rest of creation cause change HAPPENS. The sooner all the golden day idiots have left this mortal plane, the better. Then we can embrace GOOD CGI and usher in a day without the fucking whining about "I want the original shittastic gay ass Kong back. Stop Motion rules" When in fact, it sucks. Bring on a Clash remake (I did indeed love the original as a kid and still do), balls to the wall with all the lovely beasties.

  • May 1, 2006, 12:46 p.m. CST

    Didn't King King...

    by ATARI

    ...teach us that remakes (even well-intentioned ones) are not a good idea?

  • May 1, 2006, 12:52 p.m. CST

    Sounds more like a "Sci-Fi Channel Original"...

    by Darth Bono Jr.

    This should not be remade. Not out of love for the original movie...just because these mythological flicks never work.

  • May 1, 2006, 12:53 p.m. CST

    this could be amazing

    by teddanson37

    if they do it right. if they don't, it's gonna suck big time. i hope that stupid owl doesn't turn up this time around.

  • May 1, 2006, 12:57 p.m. CST

    Stephen Sommers

    by godoffireinhell

    will direct. You know this is what'll happen.

  • May 1, 2006, 1:09 p.m. CST

    My favorite movie as a kid

    by RonaldLark

    And Medusa scared the shit out of me. That said, I am not looking forward to another fucking remake.

  • May 1, 2006, 1:30 p.m. CST

    What do I think?

    by KryptonsLastSon

    QUIT REMAKING MOVIES, AND FILM SOMETHING ORIGINAL! Thats what I think. Between remakes of old school pics, which don't need to be remade AT ALL, and repackaging Japanese horror garbage this whole thing has gotten completely out of control. That is what I think.

  • May 1, 2006, 1:31 p.m. CST

    What about a God of War adaptation instead?

    by successor

    That had most of the mythological beasts in it. The Kraken, the Cyclops, Medusa, the Sirens. Of course it's a video game, so Hollywood will probably screw it up. Forget it.

  • May 1, 2006, 1:32 p.m. CST

    You know GOFIH...

    by Anna Valerious

    It might...though I prefer the monster movies...then again, if it did, it might be 99.9% that Will Kemp is Perseus...but where does that leave Kevin J. O'Connor?

  • May 1, 2006, 1:40 p.m. CST

    Actually one of people's favorite movies is a remake

    by successor

    The 1939 version of Wizard of Oz is a remake of the silent version done in 1910. It's funny how people rip on too many remakes today, but the fact is that Hollywood has been doing it for decades. Not that I'm endorsing the practice of remakes in general, but I thought I'd point that out.

  • May 1, 2006, 2 p.m. CST

    Successor, I agree...

    by RobinP

    Let's look at some other worthy remakes...Ben Hur and The 10 Commandments make a pretty good case to begin with....

  • May 1, 2006, 2:05 p.m. CST

    Hey Knobules!...

    by donkingkong

    The fuck you talking about?! The music in Clash of the Titans is frigg'n excellent! And not in a kitschy good or a cheesy sort of good way. But good as in badass good Star Wars music sorta way. p.s .Bubo kicks ass!

  • May 1, 2006, 2:09 p.m. CST

    Lemme also add-

    by Anna Valerious

    Scarface, Dracula (Numerous times), Frankenstein, Alice In Wonderland, King Kong...anything else?

  • May 1, 2006, 2:10 p.m. CST

    That's a little different

    by I Dunno

    Remking a silent movie to give it sound or color has nothing in common with remaking movies from 20 years ago.

  • May 1, 2006, 2:34 p.m. CST

    So if someone remade Metropolis, I Dunno

    by Terry_1978

    You'd be cool with it?

  • May 1, 2006, 2:50 p.m. CST

    Wasn't that called "The Stepford Wives"?

    by brycemonkey

    Already has a remake too ;-)

  • May 1, 2006, 3 p.m. CST

    Blast...

    by jsm1978

    I was going to bring up God of War, but someone beat me to it. And they did just remake the Ten Commandments, for tv. And it sucked.

  • May 1, 2006, 3:42 p.m. CST

    no No NO!

    by PortnoysRevenge

    Aren't there enough Greek Myths out there that they can leave CotT alone? (I only use first letters of movie titles cause I rock.) I see a kind of Big Screen "Big Love" greek myth movie about Zeus and his many concubines.

  • May 1, 2006, 3:43 p.m. CST

    Don't know anything about this scriptwriter

    by 'Cholera's Ghost

    Hopefully it will either a. not be made or b. not suck. But this time, show more booty than shirtless GILFs (Gorgons I'd Like to...), please. I'm more of a booty man. R rating. Lots of blood, dismemberment, and the like. Big budget hardcore R rated fantasy with booty is the direction we need to go on this. Hand over yer Blood 'n yer Booty, ye landlubbers.

  • May 1, 2006, 3:54 p.m. CST

    No list of quality remakes...

    by Seepgood

    ...could be complete without The Maltese Falcon. The fact remains, however, that remakes are almost always pants.

  • May 1, 2006, 3:56 p.m. CST

    cyberskunk

    by 'Cholera's Ghost

    "you've got access to all these myths, you can re-arrange them anyway you want for a movie, and you decide to re-arrange someone else's modern re-arrangement." Well said. Hollywood plays things way too safe these days, although there are some notable exceptions.

  • May 1, 2006, 4:08 p.m. CST

    Medusa

    by cyberskunk

    On the subject of Medusa, here're photos of pinball machine art with that subject matter. http://ipdb.org/machine.cgi?id=1565 I started searching through the database for pinball machines for monsters and gods with names in Greek mythology. There are a few...

  • May 1, 2006, 4:23 p.m. CST

    Better this than Jason and Argonauts

    by Rupee88

    But if they have a large enough budget, this could be cool.

  • May 1, 2006, 4:31 p.m. CST

    Kind of wanted to be outraged...

    by Childe Roland

    ...by this news, but I thought about it a bit and realized they really couldn't do much worse than the original on any kind of respectable budget with modern technology. Olivier really phoned Zeus in for the original. And that Mt. Olympus set was like the waiting room of the gods. Bring it on.

  • May 1, 2006, 4:36 p.m. CST

    you do know it's an adaptation right?

    by the beef

    I mean, they aren't fucking with an original script, well i don't know that they are. But people should realize that a lot of these remakes aren't necessarily remakes, they're a different adaptation of the source material. Whose to say that this version will have the Kraken in it? Apparently he isn't part of the actual mythology of this story. Just because a movie is made prior to your own doesn't necessarily mean it's a remake of that work, they could just be using the same name and telling a VERY different story. The Wizard of Oz, The Ten Commandments, Ben-Hur, etc. these do all come from stories written prior to the initial films release correct? So, if we're considering those also then you might wanna throw THE LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY in there as well since they did make a pretty shitty animated version of those back in the 70s.

  • May 1, 2006, 4:53 p.m. CST

    Sweet

    by Trancer

    If they don't screw it up.

  • May 1, 2006, 4:59 p.m. CST

    Is Lucy Lawless available?

    by mikehiggins

    Now that would be great! Xena vs Gabrielle dressed up like the Medusa, in the mud, in the nude, yeah... ANd that guy from the Hercules series could play, well, Hercules. He isn't gay, just Greek. To hell with stop motion, just stop!

  • May 1, 2006, 6:06 p.m. CST

    Samuel L. Jackson as Perseus!!!

    by BatPsycho

    Come on... who doesnt want to hear him say "Hand me my sword of the gods, it's the one that says Bad Mother Fucker on it." And that nigga is in EVERYTHING!!!!

  • May 1, 2006, 6:31 p.m. CST

    Don't forget unofficial remakes

    by successor

    For example The Magnificent Seven was based on Kurosawa's Seven Samurai and A Fistful of Dollars was also based on Kurosawa's Yojimbo, which in turn was unofficially adapted from Dashiell Hammett's excellent novel _Red Harvest_.

  • May 1, 2006, 7:38 p.m. CST

    In total agreement with everyone about God of War..

    by iron pills

    Even though a part of me would love to see a proper remake of Clash of the Titans with updated effects, I would love to see a God of War movie instead. But, like successor said, it is based on a videogame, and we all know Hollywood's track record with videogame adaptations. But with a great script, a producer who really cares about quality, and a skilled director, anything can happen. I'm still holding out hope for the Halo movie. I say Peter Jackson should just go ahead and direct it....

  • May 1, 2006, 7:54 p.m. CST

    Is nothing sacred anymore?

    by burningbabyfish

    That's a good movie as it is. Its effects are part of its charm. LEAVE IT ALONE. UGH. I'm sick of this remake thing. I will be staying home and watching my original "Clash" DVD on opening weekend.

  • May 1, 2006, 8:32 p.m. CST

    FUCK HOLLYWOOD AND FUCK REMAKES

    by Gungan Slayer

  • May 1, 2006, 8:58 p.m. CST

    Geez guys stop hassling me

    by proper

    This is all your fault.Here you are Gawd!!!http://tinyurl.com/zvsch.Now leave me be I'm watching Raw :).I liked the original(esp the bit at the end with the main characters written in the Stars) but would catch a new version on telly one day.I'd watch this just to see who they cast as Zeus and the other Gods.

  • May 1, 2006, 9:44 p.m. CST

    I'm Not Sure How To Feel

    by JustinSane

    On the one hand I saw COTT when I was five at the drive-in, and the experience changed me forever - I even got to tell Harryhausen about it (his response: "You should see it in a GOOD theater!). On the other hand, though, I'd like to see a great, epic Greek Myth film done with today's technology - how amazing would that be? Just get the right director and it could be fantastic.

  • May 2, 2006, 12:48 a.m. CST

    Re: Orionsangels

    by Orionsangels

    I couldn't agree more. Oh wait, that's my nick. Which probably means it's me. Well whatever. I agree with myself

  • May 2, 2006, 12:56 a.m. CST

    But what about Hamlin's hair? It gets props.

    by superninja

    I agree that this is a great fantasy film. In fact, I think it is better than LOTR in terms of sheer creativity. LOTR and similarly Narnia are rather uncreative in that respect given the immense wealth of the source material.

  • May 2, 2006, 12:59 a.m. CST

    JustinSane, I can assure you

    by superninja

    it would look like a mind-numbing CGI craptacufest. Devoid of any real imagination and sense of wonder. There are few adventure films that manage to achieve this feeling, and it seems they are getting fewer.

  • May 2, 2006, 1:01 a.m. CST

    It's the same ol' problem with the AICN staff...

    by Orionsangels

    They don't play modern video games. All's day know about video games is space invaders & pac-man's wife. If any of these AICN clowns actually played God of War the whole way thru. They'd see the characters and story are actualy cooler and more exciting than any movies we see from hollywood these days. Hey AICN staff, ever play Metal Gear Solid3?, The whole way thru? Yeah I didn't think so. They don't see the potential for these video games to be made into movies like us gamers do. Because they have no idea. So they look back to more old school stuff like clash of the titans and willow and think oooooh wouldn't that be cool to remake now? greek mythology. It hasn't been tackled yet. well ooooh back at ya. it has in God of War, but you AICN staffers wouldn't know that? You didn't evolve with video games. you moved on right? at sometime you put your atari in the closet and never looked back. So ygagar Ahh!!! muthafuck! wait i hit my foot on the leg of my chair. forget i forgot what i was saying now

  • May 2, 2006, 1:12 a.m. CST

    I haven't played God of War

    by superninja

    but I always hear gamers say that video games are as good as films. The problem is, that ain't saying much these days. The only reason these games are that exciting is that you are involved in the play by devoting hours and hours of your life to the game. I know because I used to play them. You can't achieve that in a film which runs two hours.

  • May 2, 2006, 1:38 a.m. CST

    Well, then again

    by Ridge

    Was Clash not a remake of a Greek story in itself? A great fun movie by all means and a remake won't tarnish it. The story behind Clash lends itself to remakes by all means and if handled with the kind of respect and serious attitude something like LOTR was, and not the historical idiocy that TROY or Alexander were, then it could indeed be done very well. Imagine a photo-realistic cgi Medusa, or Harpies swooping down and stealing the men off the ship, tearing them to shreds...

  • May 2, 2006, 4:17 a.m. CST

    Arnie needs...

    by WestieBestie

    ...to reprise his role as Hercules in New York. There's Greek Mythology for ya!

  • May 2, 2006, 6:04 a.m. CST

    Give this to Ridley Scott

    by designedforlife

    Firstly, I love Clash of the Titans. It defined my generation. Star Wars, E.T lunch boxes, Spokey Dokes, TISWAS and Clash of the Titans. I also love Ridley Scott, not in a man loving way you understand. Remember Legend and what Ridley did on that. Admitedly a car crash of a movie. There is no denying that the look and feel of that film (to use a Harryism) ruled! Add to that the sheer scale of swords-and-sandals epics like Gladiator and Kingdom Of Heaven, and you have the perfect recipe. Especially if you add the likes of Eric Bana as Perseus!

  • May 2, 2006, 7:03 a.m. CST

    Any competent director with some vision will do.

    by Orbots Commander

    Now I'm not suggesting McG or anything, but let's remember that Mel Gibson directed The Man Without a Face before he did Braveheart. Peter Jackson hadn't made any adventure epics either prior to Lord of the Rings. Oh, and WB guys, get somebody good like Robert Towne to polish the script. I would be interested to see what someone like a Jonathan Mostow could do with Clash of the Titans.

  • May 2, 2006, 7:39 a.m. CST

    let's face facts, the original was fucking stupid

    by newc0253

    look, i was psyched to see it when i was 8 or 9 but even at that age i knew it wasn't well-written or anything: a crude star-wars-style rerun with togas and greek gods. the special effects were cool for what they were, but there's no point in remaking COTT unless it's a comprehensive reboot.

  • May 2, 2006, 11:27 a.m. CST

    Clash of the titans

    by emeraldboy

    Is one of those films, that only works in one area, the effects oh, say circa 1960 in the cinema. This movie is utterly boring, when the actors are on screen. half of whom are all dead. I have had an idea in my head for a couple of days: an all american sports female sports star and grade a student , in college has terrible accident. When she wakes in a different world, she is a warrior, may even be xenas daughter or not. or could be a daughter whos mother is xena and father is hercules.

  • May 2, 2006, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Remember in God of War...

    by Billyeveryteen

    Where you come to the top Athens, and find a 1000ft Ares, stomping on the large army, like ants? I was like, "How the fuck, am I supposed to kill him!?!" Yeah, mythology film could be better...

  • May 2, 2006, 12:56 p.m. CST

    No no no no....

    by Jaka

    ...and no! Fuck.

  • May 2, 2006, 2:40 p.m. CST

    We need a remake of...

    by Deeez Nuuuts

    Jack the Giant Killer!! Weeeee!!

  • May 2, 2006, 3:02 p.m. CST

    Bring it!

    by Cat_Corporation

    Could be great - Greek Mythology has some stonking stories, none of which have been particularly well served on celluloid (Troy, thou shameful piece of shite...). Now we have the computer wizardry to do these stories justice, it could be fantastic, given a good, epic, unhammy script, some proper thesps and a solid director. But I have just one request, movieland - PLEASE, no white-clad gods sitting on a cloud playing chess with mortals. Enough with that already.

  • May 2, 2006, 3:34 p.m. CST

    This could be good. But then, it could be really bad.

    by JDanielP

    Let's not have the "wink,wink" thing, shall we?

  • May 2, 2006, 4:24 p.m. CST

    This has potential...

    by LordOfTheThings

    ... to blow sick goats. How sad would it be to remake this film, then have people longing for the days of Harry Hamlin's Perseus and Harryhausen claymation? Now Bruce Campbell as Perseus, there's an idea...

  • May 2, 2006, 9:56 p.m. CST

    GWANGI!!!!!!!!

    by RezE11even

    Now that would be cool. We need more westerns, and we damn well need more dinosaurs. RAAAAAAAAWR!

  • May 3, 2006, 1:41 p.m. CST

    I thought he was referring to Stephanie Beacham.

    by Vim Fuego

    Now that would have been interesting.

  • May 5, 2006, 6:15 p.m. CST

    Bad, bad, bad , bad movie

    by Ingeld

    When the stupid owl got hurt at the end, I remember the audience cheering, we hated that annoying thing so much. It was such a R2D2 rip off. Bad movie.