Warner Bros. has dug into its pool of vets and come up with Dan Mazeau and David Leslie Johnson. Mazeau had a hand on The Flash as well as the live action version of Johnny Quest while Johnson is responsible for The Orphan and Catherine Hardwick's upcoming film, Red Riding Hood. Odd mix, right? That's actually the point. The studios are hoping that by combining two writers with expertise in different areas -- Mazeau in heavy action pieces and Johnson in more character driven work -- they can accomplish something the first film did not, convey a well-rounded and effective story.
To ensure the partnership delivers the intended material, another Warner Bros. favorite is being thrown into the mix to lend a hand in putting together the treatment, Greg Berlanti. Considering Berlanti just signed on to pen the treatment for the Green Lantern sequel and to write and possibly direct The Flash, that's likely all he'll have time for.
Other than the suits, I have a hard time believing there are many out there looking forward to another Clash film. Yes, the movie racked up a massive $487.5 million at the worldwide box office, but does that mean everyone who saw it enjoyed it? No, but it does mean a second film is worth making and so here we are. At least the studios are taking a cue from the primarily negative reviews. Teaming up two writers with different backgrounds could actually produce the desired effect. And, more importantly, the plan is to shoot the second film in 3D rather than rely on a post conversion. The script of the first was far from flawless, but perhaps if I wasn't so aware of the fact that Clash wasn't making due on its inflated ticket price, consisting of mainly flat action, the film might have been more enjoyable.
At least the fast track appears to be going in the right direction. Now we've just got to keep an eye on the director situation. No decisions have been made, but Jonathan Liebesman is still at the top of the list. Based on his past work, I'm quick to give him a major thumbs down, but if Battle: Los Angeles is as good as everyone hopes, that could be a game changer. Too bad we wouldn't get that confirmation until after Clash 2 goes into production.
Do you want to see Clash of the Titans 2, and what do you think of mixing and matching screenwriters?