Clash of the Titans Sequel by 2012, Hopefully with Less Shitty 3D This Time

So maybe this time they can shoot the thing in 3D instead of “converting” it? Of course, by the time the “Clash of the Titans” sequel rolls around in 2012 (if Warner Bros. has their way) the 3D fad might have died out already, but I wouldn’t bet on it just yet.

In any case, reports are that Warner has already begun moving forward with a “Clash of the Titans 2″, with original star Sam Worthington back in Ancient Greek times, along with everyone else who survived the first film. The lone defector is director Louis Leterrier, who has elected not to direct the sequel, but will instead executive produce.

Warner Bros. is keen on getting the film into production as soon as possible for a 2012 release date. The early start time would help to get the ever-busy Worthington in front of the camera before he has to do the gazillion other projects he’s already committed to, including James Cameron’s sure-to-be-epic (and time-consuming) “Avatar 2″.

So why the rush? Although “Clash of the Titans” initially did gangbuster business in its first week, poor word of mouth sent the film plummeting down the charts the following weeks. Even so, the movie still managed $146 million at the domestic box office, and combined with $243 overseas, it gives the remake a very bountiful $389 million (from a $125 million production budget) in total worldwide gross. That’s what the kids call a nice profit in “the biz”.

To get the ball rolling, Warner has hired Greg Berlanti, one of the writers on “Green Lantern”, to start cracking on a script for the sequel, while the studio goes in search of a replacement director.

Gemma Arterton as Io. Sigh.