Less than two years ago, Sam Worthington was being touted as Hollywood’s next big star, thanks to high-profile roles in movies like “Terminator: Salvation,” “Clash of the Titans” and, of course, James Cameron’s long-awaited comeback, “Avatar.” Now that those movies have introduced him to audiences, however, it’s time to see if it’s the actor or just his projects that brings people out to the theater.
During a recent conversation at Radical Studios, where he also discussed his Full Clip Productions comic book imprint, he offered a hint about what he’d like to take on in the forthcoming sequel to “Clash of the Titans.”
“I want the Minotaur maze,” he said when asked which myth or monster he’d most like to see brought to life in the follow-up. “That’s it, simple. I reckon that would be a damn cool sequence.”
“Clash of the Titans” was released in March of this year and earned almost $500 million worldwide, due not only to Worthington’s increasingly ubiquitous presence but also the post-production conversion of the film from 2-D to 3-D. It was also that last-minute box-office-driven change that netted the film some harsh reviews, although Worthington said that the sequel would fix that problem by starting production in 3-D rather than implementing it as an afterthought.
“When we do ’Clash 2,’ I think we’re going to shoot it in 3-D ,” Worthington said. “That’s the smartest way to do it, you know? I could see what Warner Bros. was doing by converting it — they went for it and they tried to accommodate an audience. But today an audience demands a lot more from its 3-D, and they’re going to keep demanding more.”
Since the overwhelming success of “Avatar,” advanced 3-D technology has enabled filmmakers launching their projects to capitalize creatively on Cameron’s foundation and push their efforts even further. Worthington indicated that neither “Clash 2” nor a potential “Avatar 2” would move forward without a clear and comprehensive strategy for moving the technology and its eventual presentation even further.
“With something like ’Clash 2,’ we’re going to have to try and push the envelope to get the audience back in,” Worthington said. “It’s the same with ’Avatar 2’ — Jim isn’t going to start on that unless he knows how to push it a bit further. And that’s the whole point: These audiences demand more, and it’s our job as filmmakers or storytellers to keep giving them what they want.”
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