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.”

So basically, it sounds like 300 via Tarsem—but I for one am not complaining. When we originally reported this project, the plot was described as follows:

“A purported bastard who retains an allegiance to his mother despite the fact that he longs to join the quest of a king who is battling demons in ancient Greece later embarks on a grail of discovery that has him finding he is the king’s son and also fated to become his country’s greatest hero as he leads the successful war against long-imprisoned Titans who are hoping to use the demons to restore their power.”

Given that the script for the film was almost used for Lous Leterrier’s new Clash of the Titans remake, I assume that the hero so ambiguously referred to in that plot description is Perseus. I haven’t seen much of The Tudors, but judging from his role in Stardust, I think Henry Cavill could be a good choice for the role. There’s no question in my mind that this film will look amazing, but I’m curious how the script by first-timers Charley and Vlas Parlapanides holds up. Tarsem doesn’t need much help with visual style, but I’m less confident in his ability to fix a flawed script.

Source: Empire via First Showing

Discuss: How do you feel about Tarsem and his previous works? Do we really need more overly stylized historical epics? (I vote yes!)

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