I hated The Cell, but Tarsem’s visual feast The Fall finally convinced me of his genius. He may not be a master storyteller, but the man is a visual powerhouse. Empire recently caught up with him and was able to coax some plot details and prospective talent on his next project, War of the Gods:

“It’s  turning into, basically, Caravaggio meets Fight Club,” he said.  “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. This guy who I really love, who’s the only one person in it right now, is the brother in The Tudors, Henry Cavill. 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.”

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