Clash of the Titans and How to Train Your Dragon Get Sequels
05.01.10 by Ryan
When a movie makes $390 million and counting at the box office like Clash of the Titans has, or $373 million like How to Train Your Dragon, then making a sequel is a foregone conclusion. However, while the announcement of a sequel is no real shock for either movie, it's the news of the Clash sequel that holds the most surprise.
Clash director Louis Leterrier has been very vocal that he saw Clash as a trilogy, with Warner Brothers even only approving the remake if Leterrier could promise two more movies to follow. "I promise you that I've got more," Leterrier said in March. So few expected that Warners would make a sequel without Leterrier's services.
Deadline reports that Leterrier and screenwriters Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi will not return for the sequel with Warners instead hiring Green Lantern co-screenwriter Greg Berlanti to write the story while searching for a replacement director. Sam Worthington and the other cast members will be retained for the sequel, which they hope to shoot before Worthington is required for Avatar 2, perhaps even releasing Clash 2 in the spring of 2012. According to the report, Leterrier wasn't comfortable with making the sequel in that rushed time frame, with sources claiming that his departure was amicable. Leterrier will stay on as an executive producer.
For a while, it looked like Dragon wouldn't get a sequel, even though the movie took the top spot at the box office on its opening weekend with $43.3 million. THR reports that wasn't good enough for Dreamworks Animation to initially sign off on a sequel. Now, according to Dreamworks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, the movie is in the "beloved category," adding, "It's not where you start, it's where you finish."