Warner Brothers has announced their choice for their remake of the 1981 fantasy film Clash Of The Titans– Steve Norrington. Previously, Norrington has directed two comic book adaptations- the first Blade (1998) and the much reviled The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003).
Previous directors rumored to have been approached for the project include Robert Rodriguez and Sam Raimi. Screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan is behind the script for this new version. Warners hopes to have production underway next year.
I think the main question here, is why remake Clash Of The Titans at all?
It’s not a great movie, but is noteable as being stop-motion effects great Ray Harryhausen’s last film work. Why sully that place in cinema history with a new version which will feature all computer generated effects? Since no one owns the copyright on the Greek myths the original film is based on, the only reason for using the Clash Of The Titans title is due to its name recognition factor. Will that be enough to get audiences into the cineplexes?