Legendary stop-motion monster maker Ray Harryhausen's creature designs will live again in a new film, his foundation announced earlier this week.
The Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation announced in a Facebook post Monday that they have partnered with Morningside Productions — the production company founded by late Clash of the Titans producer Charles Schneer — for Force of the Trojans, a new adventure fantasy film that will attempt to recapture the glory of classic Harryhausen films like Clash of the Titans, Jason and the Argonauts, and The 7th Voyage of Sinbad.
The film will be based on a screenplay written by Beverley Cross, and will use designs in the Harryhausen archives conceived through production art and sculptures by the master himself.
"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," the announcement read.
Harryhausen's unused designs — discovered in the foundation's 50,000-piece collection of his work — will be used in a production process that will incorporate both Harryhausen's traditional style of animation and modern CGI, merging the two forms in an attempt to hopefully create a look unlike any other film in the genre.
At the moment, Force of the Trojans is just a tentative title, and we have no other production details, so it's not clear when we might actually get to see this film. If you're a Harryhausen fan, though, this is exciting. Sometime in the very near future his legendary monsters might live on the big screen again in new and ambitious ways.