2010 movie by Louis Leterrier
Clash of the Titans is a 2010 motion fantasy movie and remake of the 1981 movie of the similar title produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (the rights to which had been acquired by Warner Bros. in 1996 by its buy of Turner). The story could be very loosely primarily based on the Greek fable of Perseus. An Australian-American manufacturing directed by Louis Leterrier from a screenplay by Travis Beacham, Phil Hay, and Matt Manfredi, starring Sam Worthington, Gemma Arterton, Mads Mikkelsen, Alexa Davalos, Ralph Fiennes, and Liam Neeson, the movie was initially set for traditional launch on March 26, 2010. However, it was later introduced that the movie could be transformed to 3D and was launched on April 2, 2010.
Clash of the Titans grossed $493 million worldwide, although it obtained usually adverse opinions from critics and obtained two Golden Raspberry Awards nominations. The movie’s success led to a sequel, Wrath of the Titans, launched in March 2012.
After defeating the Titans, the gods divided the world amongst themselves; Zeus took the skies, Poseidon the seas, and Hades, deceived by Zeus, was left to rule the Underworld. Zeus created the mortals, whose worship maintained the gods’ immortality. Over time, nonetheless, some mortals started to defy their creators. The demigod Perseus was conceived by Zeus and the human queen Danae throughout the siege of her husband King Acrisius at Mount Olympus. Upon discovering the conception, an enraged Acrisius orders the queen’s execution and locks the new child youngster in a chest along with her corpse. In Zeus’ retaliation, a lightning bolt strikes the king and severely deforms him. The king then throws the chest into the sea. Thereafter, Perseus is discovered and raised by the fisherman Spyros and his spouse Marmara.
Years later, Perseus and his household watch as troopers from the metropolis of Argos destroy the statue of Zeus, declaring conflict on the gods. The Furies are then unleashed and slaughter the troopers. Hades seems and destroys the household’s fishing vessel; Spyros and his household drown; Perseus is the solely survivor. Found by one other group of troopers, Perseus is introduced earlier than King Cepheus and Queen Cassiopeia. They are celebrating their marketing campaign in opposition to the gods, whereas their daughter Princess Andromeda disapproves of her dad and mom main the metropolis’s riot. When Cassiopeia begins boasting of her daughter to the gods, the revelry is interrupted by Hades, who exposes Perseus’ lineage to Zeus and quickly ages Cassiopeia. He threatens to unleash the Kraken – a sea monster borne from his flesh – in opposition to Argos, except Andromeda is obtainable as a sacrifice. Perseus meets Io, a mysterious girl cursed with immortality, who confirms his origin.
Perseus, Io, and the King’s Guard led by Draco journey to the Stygian Witches, in search of a solution to defeat the Kraken. To assist his son, Zeus tries to present Perseus a sword solid on Olympus, which he refuses. Soon after, they’re attacked by a decrepit Acrisius, now often called Calibos, who was corrupted by Hades, and despatched to kill Perseus. During the battle, Draco severs Calibos’ hand, forcing him to retreat to a desert the place his blood from the hand stump conjures big scorpions which assault the group. They are rescued by a band of Djinn, desert sorcerers who tame the remaining scorpions and lend their assist to Perseus and his group. They arrive at the lair of the Stygian Witches who’re pressured to disclose a weapon to defeat the Kraken: the head of the gorgon Medusa, who resides in the Underworld. Upon arrival, Perseus and his remaining companions enter Medusa’s temple lair, whereas Io stays exterior. Medusa kills everybody besides Perseus, who lastly manages to behead her by utilizing the underside of his defend to see her along with his again turned. As he leaves the temple, Calibos seems and fatally stabs Io. Perseus and Calibos battle, ending the battle after Perseus picks up the Olympian sword and kills Calibos, restoring his human type at the final second. As Io lies dying, she urges Perseus to avoid wasting Andromeda and Argos.
The winged horse Pegasus arrives and takes Perseus again to Argos as Hades, having manipulated Zeus and the gods in incomes their belief, releases the Kraken. Perseus arrives and exposes Medusa’s head to the Kraken, which regularly petrifies and crumbles. Prokopion, a cult chief who worships Hades, makes an attempt to kill Perseus, however Cepheus intervenes and each of them are then crushed by the Kraken’s falling claw. Hades confronts Perseus, however the latter, invoking Zeus, hurls his sword at Hades, forcing him again to the Underworld. Perseus rescues Andromeda, who asks Perseus to rule Argos by her aspect as King, however he declines. Perseus later refuses one other supply of godhood from Zeus; as a substitute, Zeus revives Io, reuniting her and Perseus.
- Sam Worthington as Perseus
A fisherman who finds out he’s a demigod, as the son of Zeus, king of the gods, and the mortal Danae. Perseus goes on a quest for the head of Medusa with a view to cease the gods from destroying Argos. The Ancient Greeks regarded Perseus as one their biggest heroes, in addition to the founder of Mycenae. The movie adapts components of the classical Greek myths round Perseus, however does so loosely. The mythological Perseus was despatched to gather the head of Medusa by King Polydectes so Polydectes might drive Danae into marriage throughout Perseus’ absence. Perseus went on this quest unaided by companions, however with assist from the gods Hermes and Athena.
- Liam Neeson as Zeus
King of the gods, in addition to the god of the sky, lightning and thunder. Zeus created man however has turn out to be dissatisfied with their lack of respect.
- Ralph Fiennes as Hades
God of the underworld and the useless, a brother of Zeus. Hades resents his brother for him (Hades) being appointed lord of the underworld, and plots to destroy his brother.
- Gemma Arterton as Io
A mortal girl who as soon as refused the advances of a god and was cursed with agelessness. She has watched over Perseus and acts as his information. The character is loosely impressed by the mythological determine of Io, whom Zeus coveted. In order to maintain Io protected from the wrath of his spouse, Zeus turned Io right into a cow. The mythological Io and Perseus by no means met as they lived a whole bunch of years aside, with Io truly a distant ancestor of Perseus.
- Alexa Davalos as Andromeda
A princess of Argos, who’s sacrificed to the Kraken after her mom foolishly boasts about Andromeda’s magnificence; in classical Greek mythology, Andromeda was a princess of Aethiopia who was sacrificed to the sea monster Cetus.
- Jason Flemyng as King Acrisius
A mortal king who led a revolt in opposition to the gods. As punishment, Zeus impregnated Acrisius’ spouse, Queen Danae, and turned Acrisius into the deformed creature Calibos. The character relies on the mythological King Acrisius who was Danae’s father and thus Perseus’ maternal grandfather. The mythological Acrisius tried to homicide his daughter as a result of an oracle had foretold that Acrisius would someday be killed by his personal grandson. Acrisius’ transformation into Calibos shouldn’t be primarily based on mythological sources, however is as a substitute impressed by the character from the authentic movie.
- Mads Mikkelsen as Draco, captain of the royal guard of Argos who accompanies Perseus.
- Liam Cunningham as Solon, an skilled soldier from Argos who accompanies Perseus.
- Hans Matheson as Ixas, a soldier from Argos who accompanies Perseus.
- Nicholas Hoult as Eusebios, a younger and religious soldier from Argos who accompanies Perseus.
- Ashraf Barhom as Ozal, a hunter who joins Perseus’ journey, brother to Kucuk.
- Mouloud Achour as Kucuk, Ozal’s brother and a hunter who joins Perseus’ journey.
- Ian Whyte as Sheikh Suleiman, chief of the Djinn humanoid sorcerers who dwell in the desert and use black magic to increase their lifespan. The Djinn don’t seem in Ancient Greek mythology, however are creatures from Arabic myths as a substitute.
- Luke Treadaway as Prokopion, a doomsday prophet who urges the Argives to worship the gods.
Pete Postlethwaite and Elizabeth McGovern seem in the opening scenes of the movie as Spyro and Marmara, who discover the toddler Perseus and turn out to be his adoptive dad and mom. Both characters don’t seem in classical Greek mythology, the place Perseus was as a substitute raised by his mom Danae, who didn’t die throughout their voyage in the coffin. Vincent Regan and Polly Walker play King Kepheus and Queen Cassiopeia, the conceited rulers of Argos and oldsters of Andromeda. In the authentic myths Cepheus and Cassiopeia had been king and queen of Aethiopia as a substitute.
Rory McCann and Martin McCann make appearances as Belo and Phaedrus, two troopers from Argos who initially accompany Perseus on his journey. Kaya Scodelario performs Peshet, handmaiden to Princess Andromeda.
Luke Evans performs Apollo, god of music, the solar, dance and archery and a son of Zeus. Danny Huston and Alexander Siddig seem briefly as Poseidon, god of the sea, and Hermes, god of roads and vacationers. Ross Mullan, Robin Berry and Graham Hughes play the three Stygian Witches, who’re primarily based on the Graeae Pemphredo, Enyo and Deino. Supermodels Agyness Deyn and Natalia Vodianova make temporary appearances as Aphrodite, the goddess of love and wonder, and the monstrous Medusa, one of the fearsome Gorgons, respectively. Izabella Miko has a non-speaking position as Athena, the goddess of knowledge and data.
The Clash of the Titans remake mission began in 2002 underneath producer Adam Schroeder and writers John Glenn and Travis Wright. They wished to drop the “cheesy chessboard manipulation of characters” by the gods. In the Wright/Glenn model of Clash, numerous pantheons had been blended collectively. The most important villain was the Sumerian Sea Goddess of Death and Destruction, Tiamat.Perseus was initially kidnapped by an avatar of an unidentified Chthonian Earth Goddess, who deliberate to have him married to Andromeda in order to develop higher relations with humanity. The Earth Goddess and Perseus proceed to fall in love. Zeus ready to have interaction in conflict with Tiamat; taking the aids of different gods (equivalent to Thoth, Marduk, Yahweh and Osiris). A High Priest named Fantasos begins a Cult of Tiamat that rapidly conquers the metropolis. Andromeda was initially a promiscuous spoiled Princess who possessed numerous male intercourse slaves. Though the mixing of Mythologies and the Perseus-Earth Goddess romance was deserted, the idea of a Goddess enraged at conceited people and demanding a sacrifice and the Cult of the Evil God (Changed from Tiamat to Hades) was retained into the closing manufacturing. Producer Basil Iwanyk revived the mission in 2006 with a rewrite by Travis Beacham, a fan of the authentic, who meant the script to be “darker and more realistic”.Lawrence Kasdan and director Stephen Norrington signed on in 2007. Kasdan gave the script one other rewrite from the Beacham model. But Norrington was not sure about his path for the mission as a result of he didn’t develop up with the authentic. Leterrier, who did, contacted Norrington by their shared agent about changing him. By June 2008 Leterrier joined the mission and Warner Bros. greenlit the movie. Leterrier famous the authentic Clash of the Titans impressed the climax of his earlier movie The Incredible Hulk – a battle in a burnt-down courtroom with temple-like columns – and has in contrast fashionable superheroes to Greek mythology.
Writers Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi took over the script throughout July 2008 and used Beacham’s draft as a place to begin. They targeted on the mythology and telling the story by Leterrier’s eyes. Hay and Manfredi needed to rewrite the script in lower than a yr utilizing a really energetic course of. Leterrier sought Ray Harryhausen‘s involvement, and reunited with Hulk idea artist Aaron Sims, who had already been engaged on Clash of the Titans with Norrington.
Louis Leterrier, throughout an interview, revealed that he’s a giant fan of Masami Kurumada‘s Saint Seiya manga (often known as Knights of the Zodiac) and its anime adaptation. He particularly cited the armor that the Gods put on in his movie remake as an indication of homage and respect to Saint Seiya. Masami Kurumada, the writer of Saint Seiya, was even requested to collaborate with the manufacturing staff on poster designs.
Sam Worthington didn’t put on sandals whereas filming; he as a substitute painted toes on his sports activities footwear so he might carry out the stunts higher.
According to actress Emma Thompson in a 2014 interview on The Graham Norton Show sitting alongside Luke Evans, Hugh Grant and Lenny Kravitz, she nearly made an unintentional uncredited cameo in the film whereas visiting her buddy Liam Neeson on the set. Thompson, who’d been filming Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang in an adjoining studio, went to go to Neeson throughout a break, simply as Neeson was about to shoot a scene with Ralph Fiennes and Danny Huston. Unable to exit the set quick sufficient as the cameras started to roll, Thompson, in her clumsy Nanny McPhee costume, needed to cover behind Huston’s throne throughout the take so she wouldn’t be picked up by the cameras.
For the 2D to 3D conversion, Leterrier approached the studio early on a few 3D conversion, however it was costly and really new know-how. After Avatar, the studio put strain on Leterrier to transform the movie. He was nervous as a result of of his earlier considerations however was satisfied after seeing the View-D conversion course of. Leterrier thought of the 3D conversion to enhance the viewing expertise, and states that it shouldn’t be seen as a gimmick.
In 2013 Leterrier mentioned of the 3D conversion;
It was famously rushed and famously horrible. It was completely horrible, the 3D. Nothing was working, it was only a gimmick to steal cash from the viewers. I’m boy and I rolled with the punches and all the pieces, however it’s not my film.
Filming started April 27, 2009, close to London, at Shepperton Studios, and in addition at Pinewood Studios and at Longcross Studios, close to Chertsey, in Surrey. Filming additionally occurred in Wales, the Canary Islands (Spain) (primarily at the World Heritage Site, Teide National Park in Tenerife), Maspalomas Dunes, Gran Canaria, and Timanfaya National Park in Lanzarote. Aerial images was performed in Iceland and Ethiopia.
Filming of volcano scenes at the Harriet gap in Dinorwic Slate Quarry in Wales wrapped at the finish of July. This slate quarry has additionally been used for places for Willow and Street Fighter.
Bubo, Athena’s mechanical owl in the authentic 1981 movie, makes a cameo look on this remake and its sequel.
Clash of the Titans was initially set for traditional launch on March 26, 2010. The Heat Vision Blog reported on January 27, 2010, that after a 3D conversion take a look at of the movie, which Warner Bros. discovered to be a “roaring success,” the movie could be transformed to 3D and would premiere on April 2, 2010. The nationwide premiere in Spain occurred on March 30 in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the capital metropolis of the Canary Islands.
Clash of the Titans obtained usually adverse opinions, with most criticism directed at its flat characters and its use of 3D, however obtained reward for its visible results and motion sequences. Review aggregator web site Rotten Tomatoes studies that 27% of critics have given the movie a constructive overview primarily based on 263 opinions; the common score is 4.32/10. The web site’s important consensus states, “An obviously affectionate remake of the 1981 original, Louis Leterrier’s Clash of the Titans doesn’t offer enough visual thrills to offset the deficiencies of its script.” On Metacritic, the movie was assigned a weighted common rating of 39 out of 100, primarily based on 37 opinions from mainstream critics, indicating “generally unfavorable reviews.” Even earlier than launch, the movie attracted some adverse consideration for its authentic tagline, “Titans Will Clash,” though the trailers, edited to match “The Bird and the Worm” by The Used, had been praised.
In his overview for the Chicago Sun-Times, Roger Ebert gave the movie 3 stars out of 4, stating “I don’t say it’s good cinema, although I recognize the craftsmanship that went into it. I don’t say it’s good acting, when the men have so much facial hair they all look like Liam Neeson. I like the energy, the imagination, the silliness.” Richard Corliss of Time might perceive why the movie obtained adverse opinions, however discovered it “a full-throttle action-adventure, played unapologetically straight.” He dismissed different critics’ complaints, writing that the movie is “very watchable in 2-D,” that different critics had been influenced by nostalgia for the authentic, and that 15 seconds of Bubo is sufficient for his tastes. Colin Covert gave the movie a mildly constructive overview, stating the movie was “all flash, trash, and crash,” “a tasty hunk of baloney,” and “mindless yet shamelessly thrilling.” He mentioned Worthington had a “Shatneresque heaviness about him,” and located that every one the laughs got here from the undeniable fact that the heavyweight actors had been “slumming through their roles.”Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly gave the movie a B-, writing “The new Clash isn’t a cynical rehash. It has the flavor of a certain pre-CGI innocence.”James Berardinelli gave it a blended overview, concluding that “Clash of the Titans is a flawed but mildly entertaining regurgitation of Greek mythological elements, but it’s also an example of how poorly executed 3D can hamstring a would-be spectacle.”
Peter Travers of Rolling Stone awarded the movie 1 star out of 4, stating “The film is a sham, with good actors going for the paycheck and using beards and heavy makeup to hide their shame.” In a overview for the Chicago Tribune, Turan complained that the movie is worse in 3D; he went on additional to elucidate that the motion scenes are “more of a distraction than an enhancement”, with the battle scenes being cluttered and “harder to follow rather than exciting”. Claudia Puig for USA Today wrote that the movie’s “most outstanding achievement is the ability to be both chaotic and dull”. Justification for her opinion got here from the frantic motion sequences and muddled particular results. Dan Kois blamed the director for making a “muddled disappointment” as a substitute of a “camp classic that could have endured for generations.” He additionally accused Leterrier of not understanding learn how to direct an motion scene, and that the movie lacked “wit and flair.” David Stratton additionally criticized the movie’s motion scenes, suggesting to Leterrier: “check out your local video store for something by Kurosawa, or almost any movie with sword fight scenes, to see how it’s done.”
The movie was nominated for “Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-off or Sequel” and “Worst Eye-Gouging Misuse of 3D” at the thirty first Golden Raspberry Awards, however misplaced to Sex and the City 2 and The Last Airbender, respectively.
Clash of the Titans earned $61,235,105 in its opening weekend in 3,777 theaters in the United States and Canada (not together with Thursday previews). The film was #1 for 2 weeks in a row, edging out Date Night and the earlier winner, How to Train Your Dragon.Clash of the Titans made $163,214,888 domestically, as of July 22, 2010, and $330,000,000 abroad, as of September 19, 2010, for a worldwide whole of $493,214,888. On the all-time worldwide chart it ranks eightieth and in North America it’s beneath #100.
Clash of the Titans was launched on DVD and Blu-ray combo pack on July 16 (Mexico), July 26 (UK), July 27 (USA) and (Canada), October 6 (Japan), 2010. A 3D Blu-ray model of the movie was additionally launched in a combo pack with the 2D model, DVD, and digital copy.
Namco Bandai Games and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment launched a online game adaptation of the film on July 27, 2010, on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, to coincide with the movie’s residence video launch; it was initially deliberate for launch in March 2010.
Production of the sequel, Wrath of the Titans, directed by Jonathan Liebesman, started on March 23, 2011. Sam Worthington, Ralph Fiennes and Liam Neeson reprised their roles and the movie was launched on March 30, 2012.
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