Wrath Of The Titans News
Wrath Of The Titans News
An Interview with Director Jonathan Liebesman
by Wilson Morales
February 23, 2011
While promoting his latest film, ‘Battle: Los Angeles,’ director Jonathan Liebesman spoke about his next project, ‘Wrath of the Titans,’ which stars Sam Worthington, Gemma Arterton, Ralph Fiennes, Rosamund Pike and Liam Neeson.
The film is the sequel to the 201o film, ‘Clash of the Titans.’
What’s next for you?
Jonathan Liebesman: We’re starting to shoot in, like, two weeks ‘Clash of the Titans 2.’
Literally in like ten days we begin. So that’s next.
I know that Sam Worthington has voiced an opinion that they improve on the original –
JL: Yeah, that’s a good desire.
To that end how have you guys been approaching the story and what have you been doing to kick things up a notch?
JL: I think the story, and I’m friendly with Louie [Leterrier], he’s kind of a mentor to me and I’d never want to insult his film. The story just didn’t work in the first movie. It’s a rich source material, Greek mythology obviously and you had such an amazing cast who are coming back and it just felt like a missed opportunity all around. I think what we’re doing with this one is that we’ve had fantastic writers who are just focused on the heroes journey, a much more sort of a return to just the simple joys of stuff, of why stories work. Then stylistically just ground it. Make it feel more real. Redesign the costumes so that they’re more recognizable to what you’d expect from the time and juxtapose that reality with the fantasy of Greek mythology within this reality, within real camera work and stuff. I think that’s a sort of fresh take on that genre, on the fantasy genre that we haven’t yet seen. That’s how we’re approaching it.
It must be nice to not have the burden of the 1980 film hanging over the movie as it did the first time.
JL: Yeah, you’re right. I mean, yes, I didn’t even think of that, but yes, there’s no burden. There’s just the burden to get people back who were burned by the first one.
You’ve got these great God character with so much potential.
JL: Yeah, and so that’s what we’re trying to milk in this one. You’ve got some of the best fucking actors working today in Ralph [Fiennes] and Liam [Neeson] and in Sam. How do you use them this time, use their ability as opposed to…and again, I don’t know what happened on the first movie. It’s just an obvious missed opportunity. I was there on the opening day looking very forward to it and felt like many. So I’m just looking forward to trying to…whatever Sam said.
It will not be in 3-D, right?
JL: The first movie was never conceived, never shot, never edited for 3-D and had six weeks where all of a sudden it was like, ‘Oh, lets just do this thing in 3-D.’ That’s obviously the worst case scenario. This movie has been conceived, everything has been designed from the sets to the storyboards, it will be edited, everything has been done with 3-D in mind. Also, if you look at the conversion technology where you convert 2-D to 3-D, it was very sort of infantile when they did and now you’ve got guys like Chris Nolan who are massive skeptics converting ‘Inception’. Obviously ‘Star Wars’ is getting converted. You’ve got the new ‘Harry Potter’ being converted. The big decision for me was, ‘Do I shoot digital which will enable me to go native 3-D or do I shoot film where I’ll have to convert?’ And I did a lot of tests with amazing cameras which guys are using and it just feels like for the look that I’m going for which is a gritty realism I do need to shoot on film. But because of the way that the conversion technology is today it will still look great and because the movie has been conceived in 3-D. Also, we’re doing things, like we’re shooting 185 which I think is a better aspect ratio for 3-D. That’s what ‘Avatar’ was shot on. So even though you think a Greek epic needs to be in widescreen I think that 185 gives you more vertical and allows you to cut less and we’ll just choreograph shots more. So everything has been thought of in that way for the movie to, obviously, counteract the fact that the first one was so bitch slapped.