3D Conversions are such a common thing now a days that, when a high profile film gets one, it’s hardly a shock. But back in the year 2010, they were pretty much an unknown thing. In fact, Clash of the Titans was one of the first films ever post-Avatar to get one strictly due to financial motivation. And make no mistake—the decision to turn the film into a 3D picture was purely a financial one. Executives saw all that hot, hot Avatar cash, and wanted some of the huge pie for themselves. So Warner Bros. in all their wisdom rushed out a conversion for their next big tentpole, the Louis Leterrier directed Clash of the Titans. And even though everyone else in the world who has seen the film has already sounded off about its horrible 3D, now its the director’s turn himself…and he has nothing but bad things to say about it.
Leterrier spoke to The Huffington Post regarding his newest release, the magician heist pic Now You See Me, and the conversation eventually spun into a talk about Leterrier’s previous films—The Transporter, The Incredible Hulk, and of course, Clash of the Titans. No surprise, Leterrier had the most to say about Clash of the Titans…especially in regards to its rushed 3D job.
It was a very tough experience. I was literally thrown under the bus for something that … I still have a good relationship with Warner Bros., but at one point it was like, “Yeah, Louis chose the 3D.” And I was like, “No, guys, I didn’t choose the 3D. I actually told you it’s not working. I couldn’t control it. I said don’t do it.” It was famously rushed and famously horrible. It was absolutely horrible, the 3D. Nothing was working, it was just a gimmick to steal money from the audience. I’m a good boy and I rolled with the punches and everything, but it’s not my movie. “Clash of the Titans” is not my movie. And ultimately that’s why I didn’t do the sequel.
I skipped both Clash of the Titans films since they didn’t interest me in the slightest, but I still appreciate Leterrier’s uncensored, truthful reaction to what I’ve heard is a terrible conversion. It’s rare you see directors be as earnest as Leterrier is in that interview, but it’s certainly refreshing. Aside from the Clash of the Titans bit, there’s some other good stuff in there as well, like Leterrier’s theory on why people rejected The Incredible Hulk and how he landed the gig of directing the first Transporter film.
Leterrier’s next film, Now You See Me, opens this Friday.