Clash of the Greco-Roman myth movies!


The Greco-Roman gods haven’t been a very popular subject at the movies these last few decades. The ’80s gave us Clash of the Titans, the ’90s gave us Disney’s Hercules, and the ’00s gave us Troy — and while that last film may have been based on one of the seminal events in Greek mythology, it pretty much cut the gods and goddesses out of the picture. And that’s about it.

The ’10s could change all that, though. Three films that put the Greco-Roman gods front-and-centre are currently slated for next year alone, though one of them doesn’t start shooting until March and could have its release date bumped to the following year. But the other two films are essentially in the can, and trailers have already been released for them. So here they are:

First, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, which comes out February 12 (for some reason, even the “international” trailer lists one of director Chris Columbus’s previous movies as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, even though the film was known outside the U.S. as …the Philosopher’s Stone):

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Second, Louis Leterrier’s remake of Clash of the Titans, which comes out March 26:

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And then, some time after that, Tarsem Singh will release Dawn of War, which was known until recently as War of Gods. Production Weekly says that film will start shooting in Montreal in March — which is right around the time the first two movies will be coming out. Perhaps Singh and his producers want to get a better look at the competition before their own cameras start rolling.

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his film column, which won multiple awards from the Evangelical Press Association, the Canadian Church Press and the Fellowship of Christian Newspapers, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005).


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