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March 31, 2009

Newsbites: The Greco-Roman edition!

1. Kevin Macdonald (Touching the Void, The Last King of Scotland) will start shooting The Eagle of the Ninth in August; the film concerns "a wounded Roman soldier and his loyal Celtic slave who try to solve the mystery of the Ninth Legion, a brigade of Roman soldiers that vanished after heading into the untamed Highlands of Scotland 15 years earlier." -- Variety

2. Coincidentally, Neil Marshall (The Descent, Doomsday) is already making his own movie about the Ninth Legion; it is called Centurion, and it is far enough into production that the filmmakers recently released a making-of video and a photo of former Bond girl Olga Kurylenko (above) made up to look like "a savage-looking Pict warrior woman". -- Empire, Rotten Tomatoes

3. Bond girl Gemma Arterton has been cast as the demi-goddess Io in the upcoming remake of Clash of the Titans (1981). Meanwhile, Cinesite has been hired to provide some of the "major creature animation" -- using computers, of course, rather than the stop-motion techniques that living legend Ray Harryhausen used on the original film. -- Empire, VFXWorld

4. Sean Bean will play Zeus, Kevin McKidd will play Poseidon, Pierce Brosnan will play Chiron, Uma Thurman will play Medusa and Melina Kanakerides will play Athena in Percy Jackson, an adaptation of the best-selling children's novel The Lightning Thief, which is set in the present day and concerns the half-human children of the gods. -- Variety, Hollywood Reporter (x2)

5. The Gotham Group is developing a film based on Steven Sherrill's novel The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break, which concerns "the mythical half-man, half-bull minotaur who was supposedly slain by Theseus 3,000 years ago and now lives a lonely life in a Wichita trailer park, making ends meet as a short-order cook in a rundown diner." -- Variety

Related Tags: centurion, clash of the titans, eagle of the ninth, minotaur takes a cigarette break, percy jackson


I am glad that they are making the story different for the new Clash of the Titans. The original was a classic, and to remake the same movie would be a mistake. At the same time, Greek Myths make great movies, and I'm hoping the new one turns out to be a good movie.

I'm pretty excited about Percy Jackson as well. The book series is fun, and I think a movie, if well done, could be a good thing. The cast is certainly superb.

I love Clash of the Titans. Wish they make more movies like that!