Louis Leterrier’s 2010 Clash Of The Titans remake was lambasted by critics for many things, none the least, the rushed conversion of the film to 3D in order to cash in on the craze for the format sparked just a few months earlier with James Cameron’s Avatar. It turns out, not even the director was happy with the treatment his film received and in an interview with Huffington Post, he spelled out how he was pressured into having the film converted to 3D by the studio.
It was famously rushed and famously horrible. It was absolutely horrible, the 3D. Nothing was working, it was just a gimmick to steal money from the audience. I’m a good boy and I rolled with the punches and everything, but it’s not my movie. “Clash of the Titans” is not my movie. And ultimately that’s why I didn’t do the sequel.
Leterrier has gone on record before about his objections to the filming being converted to 3D, but not quite as frankly as this quote however.
Granted, I found that Clash had a number of problems before we even get around to discussing the 3D. Most of them stem for the film’s screenplay which was just a mess. Leterrier admits that the script wasn’t finished when the film started production, a problem he also encountered on his previous film, The Incredible Hulk, for Marvel.
I’ve started movies without screenplays both on “Clash” and on “Hulk” and that is tremendously stressful, because you have a tendency to overcompensate with effects. You haven’t tested it in your head. You didn’t run it over and over again and covered all of the plot holes and figure it out.
Leterrier’s latest film, Now You See Me, opens this Friday.