CATEGORIES Movie NewsUnlike flip-flopping apologist Michael Bay, "Clash of the Titans" director Louis Leterrier didn't mince words when he ripped the film's hasty post-conversion into 3D, calling out the studio for ruining the movie and admitting that he "fail[ed] miserably" in getting his vision across.
While promoting his latest feature, "Now You See Me," Leterrier said in an interview with the Huffington Post that that film was probably his happiest movie-making experience in Hollywood, unlike "Clash" and "The Incredible Hulk," two films he took on before either had a script.
"That is tremendously stressful, because you have a tendency to overcompensate with effects," Leterrier said, something from which "Clash" especially suffered. " ... It's an enormous weight on your shoulders and then afterwards everybody blames you and points a finger at you and says, 'Why did you convert the movie to 3D?' I didn't convert the movie to 3D! I didn't want to do it! I didn't like it!"
Leterrier added that he was "thrown under the bus" by Warner Bros., claiming the studio ignored his plea to halt conversion plans and instead falsely credited him with the idea.
"It was famously rushed and famously horrible," he said. "It was absolutely horrible, the 3D. Nothing was working, it was just a gimmick to steal money from the audience. I'm a good boy and I rolled with the punches and everything, but it's not my movie. 'Clash of the Titans' is not my movie. And ultimately that's why I didn't do the sequel.
"It's a fun action movie, all in all. Some people are really happy with the movie. I tried to do the best I could, but it was not the best experience of my life, I must say. I wasn't protected. Talking about surrounding yourself with the right people -- I felt like I was really thrown at the wolves."
Leterrier said that he's much more pleased with "Now You See Me." For his sake, we hope that's true -- though given his penchant for brutal honesty, we'll no doubt hear about it if anything changes.
[via Huffington Post]