I can see the TV ad blurbs now … “From the people who brought you ‘300’ comes … ‘War of the Gods’!!!!” (exclamation marks mine, of course) And “the people” who brought you Frank Miller’s “300” are Mark Canton and Gianni Nunnari, who have signed on former music video director Tarsem (currently in theaters with the visually stunning “The Fall”, so you know he can do pretty pictures) to direct their “300”-ish “War of the Gods”, a Greek tale of battling Greek Gods that will be shot using the “300” technique — small, enclosed sets backed by uber special effects and a mostly non-household names (re: no superstar salaries).
THR fills us in on this impending Greek tale of bare-chested studs and their decapitating ways:
The production has attached Tarsem the music-video and commercial director whose globetrotting and mythical tale “The Fall” is currently in theaters. Charley and Vlas Parlapanides, the brothers who penned the script for Universal’s 50 Cent vehicle “Live Bet,” penned the “Gods” spec.
The script concerns the battles waged by Theseus, a warrior from Greek mythology. That moves it into a somewhat different historical time than “300” — which concerned the battles of King Leonidas against the Persians — but ensures a similar vibe and young-male demo.
I hope the Brothers Parlapanides don’t forget about a very important part of “300’s” success — Lena Headey. I’m not saying they need to put Headey in the movie, but I am saying that even the manliest of men can only take so much bare-chested hunks cutting each other’s heads off; we need some feminine eye candy too, boys.
(And yes, for those keeping track, this is the second time I’ve used a “300”-related article as an excuse to post pictures of Lena Headey. What of it?)