One of my favorite "10 in '10" interviews this week is with "Clash of the Titans" director Louis Leterrier. I've enjoyed every bit of the movie that's been revealed so far, and can't wait until it hits theaters on March 26. I usually tend to be wary of remakes, but this one looks like pure blockbuster to me. Bring it on.
In his "10 in '10" interview, Leterrier enlightened on the status of "Clash," where the production is at in these final weeks before release, what his expectations are and how he feels now that the bulk of the work is done. What the interview doesn't get into is Leterrier's take on "Clash" as a possible franchise. He had some things to say on that count however, and I'm pleased to share those words with you here on MTV Movies Blog.
"I'd love 'Clash' to be a franchise," he said. "'Clash' is like creating your own world. It's like James Cameron with 'Avatar,' he can explore different planets. Well, I can explore Greek mythology. You've got so many creatures, so many heroes, so many gods. You have Daedalus, Icarus, Percivel. Amazing stuff. You've got several worlds. I could spend the rest of my life directing Greek mythology movies and I would still not finish everything."
It's great to hear that kind of passion for Greek myth coming from Leterrier, but what about "Clash" specifically? Might we see more of Sam Worthington and Liam Neeson in future odysseys? Has the possibility even been discussed?
"We've talked about it loosely. Any movie of this size, [the studio wants] to know you won't hit a wall after your first movie. So they're like, 'If we green light your movie and give you the money, what's the idea for the sequel?' And you just give them some ideas. You draw an arc for your character. I'm not saying I know what exactly will happen to Perseus in the next two movies, but I know the direction and it's pretty exciting."
Note that he said "next two movies." A slip of the tongue or a hint towards a planned trilogy. Time will tell. For now, Leterrier is happy about what he's accomplished and very willing to come back for more.
"If 'Clash' does well and we're lucky enough to make it into a franchise, that's what I'd love to do," he said. He even offered some hints as to where things could go next! "Before the gods, there were the titans, there were even bigger creatures and monsters. That could be something. It's ancient superheroes."
Would you like to see "Clash of the Titans" develop into a franchise based on what you've seen? Anything specific from Greek myth that you'd like to see realized on the big screen?