Jason and the Argonauts getting a re-boot

by Joey Paur

Venkman here - It looks like the great Jason and the Argonauts story is getting a face lift. FOX has brought in writer Zak Penn to write the screenplay. Zak has written films 'The Incredible hulk' and The X-Men'. Here is waht the trades are reporting:

In the wake of the success of "300," sword-and-sandals pics have become a hot commodity.

Warner Bros. is moving forward with a "Clash of the Titans" remake, with Louis Leterrier at the helm, as well as a "300" sequel.

Joining the chariot race is Relativity Media, which has fast-tracked "War of Gods" about Greek warrior Theseus, who led a fight against imprisoned titans.

And at least three Hercules pics are in development around town, including Universal Pictures and Spyglass Entertainment's "Hercules: The Thracian Wars," which Peter Berg is attached to direct. Meanwhile, Universal also has a "God of War" pic in the works, based on the epic Greek myth-inspired vidgame, with Brett Ratner attached to helm.

Fox's version of "The Argonauts" is based on Penn's original take on the classic Greek tale. In Greek mythology, the Argonauts were a band of heroic sailors who, in the years before the Trojan War, accompanied Jason to Colchis in his quest to find the Golden Fleece. The Argonauts name comes from the sailors' ship, the Argo.

John Davis ("Alien vs. Predator") is also on board to produce "The Argonauts."

There are a lot of these type of fantasy/history movies getting made in Hollywood right now. May the best movie win, because we know that some of them are going to suck. Lets hope this movie gets a good re-boot. Rob Cohen is interested in remaking this movie. Don't let him touch it FOX!