May 1, 2011

Both Sam Worthington and director Jonathan Liebesman are committed to improving on the critical anti-darling Clash of the Titans in the sequel.  Sounds great to me, because I’m all in for an action franchise steeped in the melodrama of Greek myth.  The hyperstylized green-screen worlds of similar fare like 300 and the upcoming Immortals are appealing enough, but I like the physical approach of Warner Bros: “Let’s build massive sets on location.”  A man with a camera snapped a few photos of these sets in Spain; check out the results after the jump.

Worthington, Ralph Fiennes, and Liam Neeson will reprise their roles from the original, joined by Clash newbies Edgar Ramírez, Rosamund Pike, Toby Kebbell, and Bill Nighy.  The sequel, which may or may not be called Wrath of the Titans, is schedule for release March 30, 2012.

Spanish site Tumba Abierta (which I believe translates to “Open Grave”; awesome) posted these images and quite a few more at the site.  I believe the photos were taken on the island of Tenerife in the Spanish Canary Islands.  Clash 2 is also shooting in studios outside London and on location in South Wales.

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Official synopsis:

A decade after his heroic defeat of the monstrous Kraken, Perseus—the demigod son of Zeus—is attempting to live a quieter life as a village fisherman and the sole parent to his 10-year old son, Helius.

Meanwhile, a struggle for supremacy rages between the gods and the Titans. Dangerously weakened by humanity’s lack of devotion, the gods are losing control of the imprisoned Titans and their ferocious leader, Kronos, father of the long-ruling brothers Zeus, Hades and Poseidon. The triumvirate had overthrown their powerful father long ago, leaving him to rot in the gloomy abyss of Tartarus, a dungeon that lies deep within the cavernous underworld.

Perseus cannot ignore his true calling when Hades, along with Zeus’ godly son, Ares (Edgar Ramírez), switch loyalty and make a deal with Kronos to capture Zeus. The Titans’ strength grows stronger as Zeus’ remaining godly powers are siphoned, and hell is unleashed on earth.

Enlisting the help of the warrior Queen Andromeda (Rosamund Pike), Poseidon’s demigod son, Argenor (Toby Kebbell), and fallen god Hephaestus (Bill Nighy), Perseus bravely embarks on a treacherous quest into the underworld to rescue Zeus, overthrow the Titans and save mankind.

  • zootcatchy

    oh come on! the fist movie was awful and see no reason this one will be better.
    liebsman is a pretty weak director according to imdb, i highly doubt he will manage to make smth good of this.
    also they replaced some really good actors (ok im glad for luke evans not partcipating in this project) and the title is pretty lame.
    the only promising greek mythology movie on the horizon is tarsem’s immortals!

    • Michael

      Exactly my feelings about this.

      Those sets look neat-o and all, but that’s because we’re not seeing the bad acting, the bad dialogue and the wooden presence of the so-called lead actor in front of it.

      It makes me think of how all that great music, sound effects and CGI are almost completely wasted on the terrible lines, script and acting in the Star Wars prequels.

  • Juan Pablo

    I don’t really get the hate for the first Clash of the Titans (well not the FIRST, but you get what I mean.) No, it wasn’t good, but it didn’t seem outright terrible either… you might say I’m confused that there so much active hatred for the movie when all I would really expect is apathy.

  • chris gault

    ummmm …. didn’t Zeus KILL Chronos to assume leadership of Olympus in the first place … apparently he was only mostly dead.

    • Someone

      Zeus didn’t kill Chronos, in some versions he gave him something to make him “throw up” his brothers and sisters in another is true that it says that Zeus cut his belly, but also says after that, Chronos was sent to confinement in the Tartarus (a pit, or an abyss used as a dungeon of torment and suffering that resides beneath the underworld) or ,in other versions, imprisoned in a cave or sent to rule the Elysium. (Maybe he had a magic belly and healed himself >.<, it is mythology!!!)

  • Phoenix

    What I don’t understand is Jonathan Liebesman’s decision to film it in 2D and then convert it. Were the people’s outcry really not heard or do the people behind the camera really don’t give a s*** about the audience?

    • jamais

      Apparently Warners still have an existing contract with the conversion company. Back then the deal they signed was not just on conversion of Clash, but a NUMBER of movies. (Can’t remember whether it was 5 or 6, Collider should have an article on that in their archives)

      So I doubt it was entirely Liebesman’s decision. Seems like the studio might have been pushing for it.

      • Phoenix

        I didn’t know about the deal but it seems like a terrible decision on Warners part. If they really wanted the audience to see their movies in 3D couldn’t they just use the money they will pay for the conversion into using 3D cameras?

        3D conversion is said to be around $10 million+ so I’m sure that renting 3D cameras won’t be that much more expensive.

      • jamais

        @ Phoenix

        My wild guess is that backing out of this contract now would cost them a lot more in damages.

        Or maybe they paid the company some in advance.

  • nali

    I liked the first one (2010),I mean I didn’t love it but liked it.It was not a horrible movie,it was entertaining and Sam Worthington is one actor in Hollywood today who can be a real macho action hero.very few are existent today.

    I love Greek movies and Immortals didn’t do much for me because the lead actor looks very weak.(I hope he is better in Superman).Not exactly Greek hero style.(nonetheless I will watch it because of my love for action Greek movies)

    but given Sam’s commitment to make it better,to show he can do better I think this will be good.

    After all Perseus taking on the original titans,ares and Hades is something not to be missed :)

  • Nick Pappas

    This is utter garbage. The first one sucked and this director is a huge hack. BATTLE LA was almost unwatchable after the first 45 minutes.

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  • Tony

    I live in the next village where their filming Clash 11 i live in El Poris they are filming in Abades 2 kms away its bigger than last time Much bigger they have taken over a whole village just for logistics and created from scratch a fishing village in greek times,i went to see some filming (as they cant stop you because of public rites) was very impresed with the set construction and details to me it looks 100% better than Clash 1 (i have video and still shots of the set and extras from 9-5-2011 the day they started filming. Now there more south on the island in Granadilla and have set up another out base im going tomorrow with camera.

  • andy pearsall

    took some shots of COOT2 set being built in south wales right now

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  • Someone

    The Pictures (the ones in this website) are taken in Abades, Tenerife (Canary Islands). It is located in the south of the island, in the municipio of Arico. I know it 100% because I am originally from the island, more specifically from Arico, I don’t know if the movie is good or bad but I will go see it just to be able to see some of the Island in the movie!!!! (Not living there anymore) I believe the Volcano also appear on this movie like it did on the previous one, is called Teide.