Force of the Trojans will embody the spirit of the original Harryhausen films with all the fun and vibrancy that has made Ray Harryhausen’s films timeless.
The incredible movies of Ray Harryhausen are some of the most iconic ever to grace the silver screen. They have inspired many of the biggest names in Hollywood and have laid the foundations for our modern cinematic landscape where colossal monsters dominate the box office year after year.
Movies like Mighty Joe Young, The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms, It Came from Beneath the Sea, Earth Vs the Flying Saucers, 20 Million Miles to Earth, The 3 Worlds of Gulliver, Mysterious Island, First Men in the Moon, One Million Years B.C, The Valley of Gwangi, The Golden Voyage of Sinbad and Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger earned the visionary filmmaker acclaim amongst his peers but it was his sublime work on classics like The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, Jason and the Argonauts and Clash of the Titans that cemented his everlasting legacy.
At one time or another, his incredible efforts have captivated the world, and his movies have become the stuff of legend amongst the Hollywood hierarchy. But his unfortunate passing seemed to bring the age of stop-motion animation movies to a solemn halt. However, some exciting news is emerging from the Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation that is sure to send fans of his work into a delirium of euphoria.
The Ray Harryhausen Foundation has announced a joint effort with Morningside Productions, the company of late film producer Charles Schneer on an all-new motion picture featuring Harryhausen’s incredible creatures. Discovery of new materials in the vast archives of the Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation has provided the basis of a spectacularly new and original theatrical motion picture in the style of such Harryhausen/Schneer classics such as Clash of the Titans, the duo’s most significant box office collaboration from 1981.
Force of the Trojans:
This project, tentatively entitled Force of the Trojans, is based on a screenplay by Beverley Cross, and original production art and sculptures conceived by Ray Harryhausen that are on par with some of his most iconic screen creatures. Force of the Trojans will embody the spirit of the original Harryhausen films with all the fun, vibrant action, epic scope and dedication to craftsmanship that has made Ray Harryhausen’s films timeless.
Unlike other revisits to the fantasy adventure genre, Force of the Trojans will bring together stop-motion animation with the photo-real world of CGI, marking the first time that a monster battle will mix both techniques on screen in a major motion picture. In homage to a bygone era, this film will bring both worlds crashing together. For the first time, the production team at Morningside can put on screen sequences that were not possible for Ray due to the limitations of special effects photography at the time.
Force of the Trojans is coming…
This is fantastic news. In a time where monster movies are commonplace in our cinematic landscape, the godfather of the genre will be making a posthumous return with one more timeless classic to enthral us with. The prospect of using a combination of Harryhausen’s famous stop-go animation technique and modern contemporary CGI is a fascinating endeavour which will provide movie-goers with a completely new experience to revel in. As a fan of every single one of Harryhausen’s movies, I cannot emphasize enough how excited I am at the prospect of a NEW Ray Harryhausen movie.
Sadly, there is no further information on the production schedule for Force of the Trojans nor do we have an expected date of release, but with a treasure trove of recently rediscovered Harryhausen creatures, storylines and sculptures used in combination with a contemporary hybridisation of filming techniques, there is plenty to spark our imagination.
The monster maestro is back, and we cannot wait.
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