Greek mythology comes to life again in the 2010 remake of the classic 80’s film Clash of the Titans. Unlike the 80’s version of this ancient Greek tale the 2010 version of the film will feature sharp action sequences, cutting edge technology, and a much darker edge. The original film has become a science fiction fan cult classic because of the poor quality of the special effects, which were considered poor even when it was made. In the original version of the film Harry Hamlin portrays Perseus, the son of a god who was raised as a mortal and must through several different battles, including slaying the Gorgon Medusa with the help of the winged horse Pegasus, to save the beautiful Andromeda from her fate as a sacrifice for the god of the sea, Poseidon.
The 2010 version is a much more modern version of the myth of Perseus. Hollywood heavy hitters who appear in the 2010 Clash of the Titans include Ralph Fiennes as Hades, Liam Neeson as Zeus, Alexa Davalos as Andromeda, Gemma Arterton as Io, and Polly Walker as Andromeda’s vain mother, Cassiopeia. The look of the 2010 film was conceptualized and created by the same team that created the look for the Hulk film, and Clash of the Titans has the same dramatic, edgy, dark feel that the Hulk had. In the remake of the film Perseus goes underground to battle the demons of the underworld and the god of the underworld himself, Hades.
In the original myth Perseus was born to a human woman, Danae, who was impregnated by Zeus. After the Oracle at Delphi told Danae’s father that he would be killed by Danae’s son he had her locked up in a room that no one was allowed to enter so that she would never become pregnant. In the myth Zeus came to her in a ray of light and she became pregnant. Her father, Acrisius, locked her and the baby boy she give birth to into a trunk and set it out to sea. It came ashore on a small island where the two were rescued by a fisherman. Through a long series of adventures Perseus fulfilled his fate and eventually did kill Acrisius.
In the remake of the classic film Persus is fighting for all of humanity and is trying to keep a war between the gods from tearing apart the Earth. The classic element of Greek mythology including the human character qualities associated with the gods like jealousy, pride, pettiness and gluttony are causing petty infighting and power struggles among the gods while the fate of humanity rests in the balance. As the son of a god Perseus possesses the strength, cunning, and nobility to take on the gods themselves and to fight for mankind. The Clash of the Titans remake will have little more than the title in common with the original film but film buffs everyone are very anxious to see the new, action oriented Perseus myth in 2010.