Updates on Tarsem’s Greek Saga IMMORTALS

Oooh, lookie here! I’ve been waiting for ages for this movie and finally this weekend we’ve got some goodies courtesy of WonderCon in San Francisco.

Tarsem with Luke Evans, Henry Cavill and Isabel Lucas

(Photo courtesy of nerdreactor.com)

I’ve been talking about this movie as far back as July 2009 around the time Clash of the Titans was filming. I thought it’d go head to head at the box office, hence the Theseus vs. Perseus title. I’ve blogged extensively about it when the name is changed from War of Gods to Immortals, listed it as one of my top ten anticipated movies of 2010, only to learn the release date’s been pushed back yet again. Now it’s back again on my anticipated list of this year, but this time the release date has been set to November 11. So clearly I’m not kidding when I said I can’t wait for this movie 🙂

Now, I’m a sucker for swords and sandals flick, as Ben-Hur and Gladiator are two of my all time favorite films. As it were, my disappointment with Clash of the Titans hasn’t put me off Greek mythology just yet. I remain hopeful mainly because of the visionary director, Tarsem Singh, whose sophomore feature film The Fall was such a visual feast and boast an interesting story (check out the trailer here). As I’ve stated in this newsflash post, he’s revealed that this project is done in the style of “… Caravaggio meets Fight Club … It’s a really hardcore action film done in Renaissance painting style… 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.” Now, if that doesn’t make you at least intrigued to see it, I don’t know what will!

Before I continue, check out these five stunning character posters (courtesy of impawards) to wet our appetite even more.

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Click on each poster for a larger version.

I’ve talked about the plot many times, but this is an updated synopsis from the WonderCon site:

“… an epic tale of treachery, vengeance, and destiny in Immortals, a stylish and spectacular adventure. As a power-mad king razes ancient Greece in search of a legendary weapon, a heroic young villager rises up against him in a thrilling quest as timeless as it is powerful.”

And now that I’ve heard two of the main cast, Henry Cavill (Theseus) and Luke Evans (Zeus) on various WonderCon interviews, I couldn’t be any more excited! Thanks to a tip from Scarlet Sp1der yesterday, I also found this interview footage from Collider site with Henry Cavill and Luke Evans. You might remember Evans from the Three Musketeers‘ trailer I put up last week, he plays Aramis. You gotta love the Brits. These guys are not only VERY easy on the eyes but they’re just so darn witty, funny and humble. Henry and Luke seem to have become good friends since working together and they certainly have a good rapport together.

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You probably noticed in the poster that Immortals is produced by Mark Canton and Gianni Nunnari, the same producers of 300. When asked about the similarities and differences between the two, Henry had this to say, “The similarities are the fighting nature, the action of it is visceral and exciting… major difference is that 300 is an ‘event’ story, ‘immortals’ is a journey involving many different chess pieces… You get to follow a character’s and their story throughout as opposed to just one event.” I like that answer a lot and I’m sure this one would be more of a visual feast than that Zack Snyder movie.

Too bad Henry couldn’t say much of anything about his upcoming role as Superman for legal reasons, but he did say he’s currently training with the same trainer Mark Twight from Gym Jones who trained Gerry Butler into that crazy buff shape. As Henry said, his priority now is “… getting my body into the right aesthetic state”  Can’t wait!! 🙂

Here’s an interview I found from WonderCon:

Well, how do you feel about this project and/or the filmmaker and cast of this movie? Are you as excited about Immortals as much as I do?

25 thoughts on “Updates on Tarsem’s Greek Saga IMMORTALS

  1. I worry though that they are leaning on the “producers of 300” tagline too heavy…..

    It definitely ticks many boxes for me though and my interest is fully engaged. I look forward to more news soon 🙂

    I love those pesky Brits too, humble and witty so and so’s. hehe


    1. Yeah, I thought they’d put Tarsem’s name up there, but perhaps they’ve done research and that ‘300’ will give them the ‘street cred’ if you will considering the targeted demographic.

      I’m not saying ALL Brits are humble and witty (there are after all people like Russell Brand and Ricky Gervais), but these guys seem like an affable lot…

      … like you Custard 🙂

      1. hehe Thanks Ruth, I am sorry that was a blatant fish….!!

        Ricky Gervais is on my hate list. He is just a rude horrid man. Have you ever heard his podcasts with Karl Pilkington and Steve Merchant?

        RG come over as a real arrogant fool. Karl though is one of the funniest straight men I have ever listened to

        [audio src="http://podcast.rickygervais.com/rgguidetothehumanbodypromo.mp3" /]

  2. Ted S.

    You know after Troy and Clash of the Titans, I can’t say that I’m excited to see these kind of film again. Those two films were pretty awful. Also, I only saw one of Tarsem Singh’s films and that was The Cell and I thought it was okay.

    Who knows maybe once I see the trailer, I might be interested and I’d like see the new Man of Steel in action since I’ve never seen any of his work.

    1. I totally understand your sentiment Ted, I probably wouldn’t either if it weren’t for the talents involved. I can’t wait for the trailer and though I’m sure it’ll look spectacular, I hope the movie will be eons better.

  3. Wow, this looks exciting and as said the posters are great, classic.

    I hope this turns out to be a gamechanger for ancient stories, a lot of the previous ones like Thor, Clash.. have been stale.

    1. Glad you enjoyed them, Anna. They’re what I expected from Tarsem and more. He’s quite an artsy guy so I bet he had a lot to say about these designs.

      I do hope they’d revitalize the genre to new heights. I’m not optimistic about Thor after what I’ve seen so far, even though I had such high hopes for Branagh. ‘Clash’ is a real stinker all right.

  4. my whole weekend was in the IMMORTALS mood ever since the posters were published on Saturday. Cavill, Evans, Cavill, Evans … I swear I don’t know whom I adore better 🙂
    Have you read my post on the trailer today?

    1. I was so busy this weekend I missed all the updates. Yeah, I commented on your post already Dezzy. I also read that FirstShowing about the trailer, can’t wait to see it already!

  5. Funk

    My gosh, those posters and interviews have fired me up, I can see this weekend I’ll be watching the original “Clash of the Titians” and “Jason and the Argonauts”. I’m sure Tarsem will raise the bar for this one.

    1. Hey, I’m glad you’re excited for this, Funk. Y’know, the original ‘Clash’ was way more compelling than the remake. Yes so the SFX was cheesy now but at least there’s a good story and the acting was much more believable. I like your optimism there about Tarsem, I think with his skills and the talented cast, it’ll be the must-see of the year!

  6. This movie seems interesting. I love the whole mythology stuff. However, I have a feeling this is going to lean more towards the quality of Clash of the Titans than it will 300. I actually liked both movies. I thought 300 was a pretty kick-ass epic/fun movie. Clash of the Titans (the remake) I didn’t hate like most others do, but it wasn’t great either.

    As far as Tarsem goes, I haven’t seen The Fall, but I didn’t care for The Cell at all. That movie was crap in my opinion. He does have something of a knack for visuals though.

    All in all, I hope this is good, but I do have my doubts and reservations.

    Those posters look awesome and absolutely epic, though.

    1. Yeah, I’m a fan of Greek mythology stuff, too, so it’s already appealing to me from that standpoint. Kick-ass and fun is all good but I’m hoping for a bit (well, a lot) more substance than ‘Clash’ and more emotion from the actors too to make us care about their journey. As much as I respect ‘300’, I think Tarsem has a chance of making a mark with this one in the genre with his unique visual style. I think I’m more excited than most about this one not only because of Tarsem but because I really like the leading cast members.

  7. Although I am not a sucker for swords and sandals flick, but I gotta say that those posters are very intriguing.
    Will read your review before watching it. I need to know will it be full of CGI background like 300 or not.

    1. I’ll be seeing this on opening night, Nov! I do hope the tax situation will get squared away by then so this movie will be released in Indo, too.

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