CATEGORIES Action, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Thrillers, Deals, Warner Brothers, Remakes and Sequels, Movie News, CinematicalIf you've been eagerly anticipating the name of the director who'll take the directing reins on the Clash of the Titans sequel, then here's your answer (via THR): Jonathan Liebesman. Liebesman is best known for directing The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning and Darkness Falls, both middling (if that) horror efforts, but it's Liebesman's latest directorial effort, Battle: Los Angeles, Leibesman's Black Hawk Down-style alien-invasion flick, set to hit theaters next March, that has impressed studio heads at Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures sufficiently to give Liebesman a shot at an action- and visual-effects heavy blockbuster/tentpole.
Money was apparently a sticking point in negotiations (it usually is), but now that Liebesman and Warner Bros./Legendary Pictures have agreed on a salary, pre-production on the sequel can begin. Given Clash of the Titans $500 million international box-office take, Warner Bros. was (and is) eager to move forward with the sequel. They've already commissioned a treatment for Clash of the Titans 2. Writers Greg Berlanti (Green Lantern), Dan Mazeau, and David Leslie Johnson (Red Riding Hood) contributed to the treatment. Mazeau and Johnson will write the screenplay for Liebesman to direct.
Even better, however, is the news that Warner Bros., responding to criticism about the Clash of the Titans horrid 3D post-conversion, will go native (i.e., shoot with 3D cameras) for the sequel. Numerous reports suggested that the Clash of the Titans director, Louis Leterrier, wasn't happy with the rushed 3D post-conversion, a factor that apparently contributed to Leterrier moving on to other directorial projects.
With Liebesman involved, are you hopeful that the Clash of the Titans will be better than its predecessor? Will shooting in 3D as opposed to 3D post-conversion convince you to see the sequel theatrically or have you lost interest? I'm frankly agnostic on a sequel, but I'm willing to be convinced, especially if Mazeau and Johnson can deliver a strong script and Liebesman proves his supporters right.