Video:Clash of the Titans Writers and Producer Interviewswith Rebecca Murray
Producer Basil Iwanyk and writers Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi attended the LA premiere of Warner Bros Pictures' 'Clash of the Titans' and, while on the 'black' carpet, chatted about bringing the story back to life on the big screen once again.See Transcript
Transcript:Clash of the Titans Writers and Producer InterviewsRebecca Murray from About.com Hollywood Movies at the Los Angeles Premiere of Warner Bros Pictures' Clash of the Titans.
Clash of the Titans Writers Phil Hay and Matt ManfrediHow tough was it to put a different spin on it, and yet still kind of keep it like the original?
Phil Hay: "Well we're huge fans of the original so our goal was to try to do a version and keep something of everything we loved from the first one. So Medusa, Pegasus, all the greatest hits…the Kraken, of course…and then just try to weave our own story through it. It was all done with a lot of love and affection."
Matt Manfredi: "Yeah. We tried to get a little more in Perseus' head. We tried to have a lot of interaction between gods and men. We tried not to mess it up because we loved the original so much."
Phil Hay: "We're just trying to make it fun."
And you don't have to follow Greek mythology because it's a fun movie, right?
Phil Hay: "Yeah, totally. Sam [Worthington] has said it's a boisterous, fun movie, and that's what we were going for so I really hope people like it."
And you guys are working on The Boys too, right?
Phil Hay: "Yes, we are."
What's happening with that?
Phil Hay: "They are, as we speak, looking for a director. Everybody's really excited and we're really excited. It's like totally our dream project, so hopefully there will be news on that very, very soon."
How closely does it follow the source material?
Phil Hay: "Very close."
Matt Manfredi: "It's very faithful, yeah."
Phil Hay: "It's very much like we felt there wasn't any reason to do it if you didn't honor that source material. And yeah, I think everybody has been very enthusiastic. We're just really excited. We really hope that they can get it going soon."
All the same characters are making the transition to the movie?
Phil Hay: "Oh yeah. All the same characters."
Matt Manfredi: "All the ones you love."
Phil Hay: "There's a couple new ones but all the main characters, all the main insane superheroes are all the same. It's our hope that if you like The Boys, you will like this version of The Boys."
Is there any scene that you can't wait for audiences to see because it was so much fun writing it?
Phil Hay: "I think Starlight's introduction to The Seven. I think fans will realize, once they know that that's in, they'll know the level of hardcore that we are going for."
Clash of the Titans Producer Basil IwanykTell me about the decision to do a 3-D conversion rather than shoot it in 3-D in the first place.
Basil Iwanyk: "Well we never really talked about 3-D up until, really, the movie was finished. And I think it was a situation where we saw what Avatar was able to do in 3-D, which wasn't like a movie that… A lot of 3-D movies are people reaching out of the camera and stuff, and Avatar just made it a more immersive experience. And so when we looked at the movie we realized, 'God, it almost looks like it was shot for 3-D.' Obviously it wasn't. And it was a consideration by us in the studio going, 'We could actually make this into a completely immersive experience.' Obviously, not like Avatar which was a different level of 3-D, but it was just to make it a lot more fun and a lot more exciting."
And more interactive.
Basil Iwanyk: "Oh, completely. It's interesting. I think the feeling is that Warner's came to the conclusion that all their big movies will be 3-D. It's just the same thing where the screens got bigger, the sound systems got better, now they feel like, 'Okay, 3-D will just make it feel like that much more of an experience than it would be just seeing it regularly."
Do you think there will come a point where there will be a backlash, where people will be like, "Just give us 2D for a while?" Or do you think this is something where audiences have now totally accepted 3-D as something they almost expect from a big movie?
Basil Iwanyk: "That's a really good question."
Thank you. I try.
Basil Iwanyk: "There's no question that there's certain movies that are not right for 3-D. I think that audiences will expect good 3-D. There's no question about that. So I think it's not going to be as easy as throwing it together at the last minute. We spent a lot of time and a lot of money to make it look great. So, yeah, I think audiences are going to expect it. I wouldn't be surprised if in three or four years, if there's a big movie and it's not in 3-D, the audience is going, 'Something must be wrong with it.'"
What's happening with A Star is Born remake?
Basil Iwanyk: "Well, we are making a deal with an actor…"
Basil Iwanyk: "We're negotiating with Russell Crowe. And Nick Cassavetes who directed The Notebook is going to direct it. And we're going to shoot this fall."
And Beyonce's in it?
Basil Iwanyk: "No Beyonce."
Is there a female yet that's in the running?
Basil Iwanyk: "Not yet. We wanted Beyonce, she wanted to do it, but it was hard to figure out her dates and her deal. She just came off of a huge world tour and Warners wants to have the movie for next summer, and so we just couldn't work out."
No 3-D for that one, right?
Basil Iwanyk: "Well, not yet. You never know."
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