Having sparked new interest in sword-and-sandal epics with Warner Bros.’ 300, producers Gianni Nunnari of Hollywood Gang Prods. and Mark Canton of Canton Prods. Have teamed with Relativity Media’s Ryan Kavanaugh to produce an effects-driven pic based on Greek mythology. According to Daily Variety, War of Gods is being fast-tracked to arrive in theaters before Warner Bros.’ remake of the Ray Harryahusen classic Clash of the Titans.
Written by Charley and Vlas Parlapanides, War of Gods will be directed by Tarsem Singh (The Fall, The Cell). The script has warrior prince Theseus leading soldiers into battle involving gods, demons and titans in ancient Greece. Relativity is fully bankrolling the production, with its Tucker Tooley exec producing with Hollywood Gang’s Craig J. Flores.
The updated Clash of the Titans is being directed by French helmer Louis Leterrier, who last brought Marvel Studios’ The Incredible Hulk to the screen. Lawrence Kasdan wrote the screenplay and Basil Iwanyk is producing through Thunder Road. Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures, another player in 300, are co-financing and co-producing the remake.
Like 300, both War of Gods and Clash of the Titans are expected employ heavy use of green-screen photography with computer-generated matte paintings and animation fleshing out ancient worlds inhabited by strange creatures. They’ll also have to contend with comparisons to Harryhausen’s stop-motion animation, which also made hits of such period epics as Jason and the Argonauts and The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad.