It’s sort of amazing that 2010’s Clash of the Titans, a film that grossed over $160 million and cost $125 million (ouch), was so utterly forgettable. I seriously can barely remember a single line of dialogue, and I’m usually a friggin’ sponge for that sort of thing, even when it comes to boring movies. It says something when you’ve made a gonzo tentpole movie with gods and giant monsters and warriors and beautiful women, and I’ve already almost forgotten its existence. Of course, Warner Brothers is determined to revive that memory, and thus the sequel, Wrath of the Titans (working title, I believe) is moving forward. However, it will now have Bill Nighy, among others, making it 100% more interesting.
Not that that’s saying a hell of a lot.
Regardless, the casting has been a little weird. Gemma Arterton, who
Cardboard Boy Sam Worthington rode off into the sunset (literally) with at the end of Clash, will not be returning. Edgar Ramirez has been cast as Ares, a part previously played by Tamer Hassan. Nighy will play Hephaestus, the deformed god of blacksmiths and fire (and one of my favorite gods). And Alexa Davalos, who was boring and virtually irrelevent as Andromeda, has been replaced by Rosamund Pike. Now instead of boring, teary-eyed Andromeda, it’ll be warrior-queen Andromeda, because when I think Rosamund Pike, I think warrior-queen. At least Davalos had her Gwen Raiden and Riddick cred, which would have made that a little more viable.
Of course (spoilers), the biggest mistake the first one made was killing off the most interesting actors — Mads Mikkelson and Jason Flemyng. But that’s neither here nor there.
There’s also an official synopsis, which continues to fuck around with Greek mythology, taking fast-and-loose to whole new levels:
A decade after his heroic defeat of the monstrous Kraken, Perseus—the demigod son of Zeus—is attempting to live a quieter life as a village fisherman and the sole parent to his 10-year old son, Helius.
Meanwhile, a struggle for supremacy rages between the gods and the Titans. Dangerously weakened by humanity’s lack of devotion, the gods are losing control of the imprisoned Titans and their ferocious leader, Kronos, father of the long-ruling brothers Zeus, Hades and Poseidon. The triumvirate had overthrown their powerful father long ago, leaving him to rot in the gloomy abyss of Tartarus, a dungeon that lies deep within the cavernous underworld.
Perseus cannot ignore his true calling when Hades, along with Zeus’ godly son, Ares (Edgar Ramírez), switch loyalty and make a deal with Kronos to capture Zeus. The Titans’ strength grows stronger as Zeus’ remaining godly powers are siphoned, and hell is unleashed on earth.
Enlisting the help of the warrior Queen Andromeda (Rosamund Pike), Poseidon’s demigod son, Argenor (Toby Kebbell), and fallen god Hephaestus (Bill Nighy), Perseus bravely embarks on a treacherous quest into the underworld to rescue Zeus, overthrow the Titans and save mankind.
The new film will be directed by Jonathan Liebesman, who recently did Battle: Los Angeles, which I haven’t seen, though everyone I know who has says it’s inexcusable dreck. Drag, yo.
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