Jason and the Argonauts remake by Zak Penn
The writer who brought us the scripts for The Incredible Hulk, X-Men: The Last Stand, Fantastic Four, Elektra, Behind Enemy Lines, The Last Action Hero and the story for the X-Men. Wow, I hadn't realised that this was such a mixed bag.
Anyway he's been assigned to write the remake of Jason and the Argonauts. There's one good thing, at least he won't be responsible for recreating the stop motion skeletons, that'll be up to the director and the effects team, and for me that's a huge part of the film.
However the story looks like it's going to be adventure packed now that Zak Penn is on board to write.
This looks like it might go head to head with the Clash of the Titans remake from Louis Leterrier, which before The Incredible Hulk (Filmstalker review) I would have thought would have been a action farce, however now I'm thinking it could surprise us all.
For The Argonauts though, we're going to have to wait a little while and see what comes from it, although we have a great starting point with the scriptwriter, we have to see who is assigned to direct.
This new film is going to come from Penn's original idea, so there are promises of something new from the well loved story of the group of sailors who are led by the heroic Jason on a quest to find the Golden Fleece.
Latino Review have the story from one of the Trades, but as usual they don't carry the linkback. Yeah it's a feud between them, and although I can understand why they are doing it, in the end they're behaving exactly as they are. However, that's another story.
They also say that there's another Argonauts film in the works, this time over at DreamWorks, and despite the big studio behind it this is the one that sounds weakest. Their film will have a bunch of treasure hunters finding the sunken ship the Argo, the one that Jason and his sailor mates were on, and they're transported back in time to...oh dear, stop there, I've heard enough.
So to me that DreamWorks version is dead, and the only one I'm really interested in is the version that Penn is writing, the proper remake. However there is part of me that just doesn't want this film remade, the original is a classic and those Ray Harryhausen effects are just superb, I honestly think that they could recreate the film and still use those great stop motion effects, honestly I believe that could work.
What do you think? If they are going to do a remake is the Penn one the one you want to see or is it really the DreamWorks? What would you want to see effects wise?