Tuesday, 12 August 2008

More Argonauts

As a young child, Jason And The Argonauts was probably my favourite film. I've lost count of how many times I've seen it on television and laserdisc but never on the big screen. Harryhausen's work in that film remains amazing, even compared to today's effects. The skeleton fight. Silas, the stone statue that comes to life...

Variety is reporting that Zak Penn, screenwriter of X Men and The Incredible Hulk and director of the terrific Incident At Loch Ness (if you haven't seen it, you owe it to yourself to track a copy down on DVD) is penning a remake of the classic tale that was remade as a TV movie in 2000 although I never saw it.

Hollywood's clearly big on Greek/sword and sandal movies again in the aftermath of 300 although quite how many of the projects listed in the article will actually make it to the big screen is uncertain. (I must admit, I liked the sound of DreamWorks' competiting Argonauts project about a group of treasure hunters who discover the wreck of the mythological sunken ship thought to have been captained by Jason, and are transported back in time to ancient Greece. Well, all except the transported back in time bit.)

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