Daily shrug: some guy directing Clash Of The Titans 2


31st August 2010

In other news, the world continued to spin on its axis and Justin Bieber went another day without a haircut.

By all accounts, Clash Of The Titans was a big, stupid, ugly, mess: the movie equivalent of finding a giant skidmark in your underpants. Naturally, it made a bajillion dollars at the box-office and a sequel was green-lit without a second thought for the myriad headaches the original caused. Meanwhile, four people saw Scott Pilgrim at the weekend as it earned back Edgar Wright's bus fare to the set.

Director Jonathan Liebesman (Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning) will be the man to helm Clash Of The Titans 2, though no release date has been set yet. The biggest hold-up at the moment is "the hurdle of overcoming the negative perception of this year's initial installment." No shit: I wouldn't watch it if they paid me. But yet again, Hollywood ignores my ideas for a sound business model.

Liebesman is also behind the forthcoming Battle: Los Angeles, a military-slanted alien invasion movie which is getting a lot of positive buzz from people who matter. Sam Worthington and Gemma Arterton are expected to return as bone-headed demigod and sexy exposition spouter respectively, with a whole new set of beasties for them to slay.

Perhaps the most positive thing to report is that Clash 2 will be shot in 3D, not converted over a three-day weekend like the last one was. I watched 80% of that movie just fine without the 3D glasses, but when I asked for 80% of my money back, I was refused. Why, Hollywood, why?

Suggestions for titans with which to clash for the sequel? How about the snarling beast of consumerism? Swish! Take that, Hollywood!

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