I've written about my love of stop-motion and Ray Harryhausen more than a few times here at Diggin' To China. One of the great trashy amazing adventure films that he created special effects for was 1981's Clash of the Titans, starring Harry Hamlin, Sir. Laurence Olivier, Dame Maggie Smith and the amazing Urselua Andress. It was a rollicking mythological adventure film that filled my mind with tales of Gods and Gorgons and a fair amount of bared skin. It was one of the films from my youth that made me become a film director today.
I could pretend it was something high brow like Cries and Whispers (which I love)- but really it was things like Clash of the Titans and Star Wars that planted that seed early on. I'm thankful for my parents fostering a love of fantasy films early on, my childhood was filled with Ra Harryhausen and Jim Henson. Inevitably a time would some when a studio would want to remake Clash of the Titans rather than even try to come up with a new film. I was horrified at first by the very thought of a remake, or re-imagining but I am trying to keep and open mind as there have been some that wether were commercially successful or not I thought were quite good/interesting (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Halloween, Psycho,The Manchurian Candidate) but others were unforgivable (The Fog, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Sabrina, the proposed Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid project for Tom Cruise and John Travolta) . Well I just saw the teaser trailer for next year's remake of Clash of the Titans and while I'd still rather seen Harry Hamlin brought in to play Zeus instead of Liam Neesan (cause it would have been cheeky) I have to say I think the casting is solid and the film looks gorgeous, frightening and exciting- as it should. Maybe a bit of cribbing from Guillermo Del Toro on the designs for the Stygian Witches, but hey if you are gonna steal, steal from the best no?