“The Fall” and “The Cell” director Tarsem Singh talked with Empire Online recently about his upcoming sword-and-sandals epic “War of the Gods” and, much like his previous works, famous paintings are set to heavily influence the visual style.
“it’s turning into, basically, Caravaggio meets Fight Club. it’s a really hardcore action film done in Renaissance painting style. I want to see how that goes; it’s turned into something really cool” he says.
Expect more modern touches as well that will definitely destroy historical accuracy – “I’m going for a very contemporary look on top of that so I’m kind of going with, you know, Renaissance time with electricity. So it’s a bit like Baz Luhrman doing Romeo + Juliet in Mexico; it’s just talking a particular Greek tale and half contemporising it and telling it.”
“The Tudors” star and potential James Bond/Superman candidate Henry Cavill plays the lead in the epic and Singh confirms he’s the only person cast so far. Cavill plays a bastard warrior in Ancient Greece who discovers he’s the son of the king who leads the successful war against long-imprisoned Titans who plan to use demons to restore their power.
The project is in competition with Louis Leterrier’s remake of “Clash of the Titans” which was rumored, and was this weekend confirmed by the director himself that “Avatar” and “Terminator Salvation” star Sam Worthington would be playing the lead Perseus.