12:44pm PT by Rebecca Ford
'Immortals' Producer: Tarsem Singh Needs to Understand 'Collaborating' (Video)
Gianni Nunnari and Mark Canton, the duo who produced the fantasy fight epic 300, are now behind the upcoming Greek god battle action film, Immortals. The stunning visuals and bloody fight scenes from 300 return for this Tarsem Singh-helmed project, but with the addition of golden Greek gods and Henry Cavill starring as Theseus and Mickey Rourke as a bad-ass King Hyperion.
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In the trailer, the Relativity film is touted as being from the same producers as 300, a fact that Nunnari and Canton were aware of, but they gave credit to many different people for the success of the film.
“We’re one of the selling points, the movie I think sells itself,” Nunnari told The Hollywood Reporter on the red carpet at the premiere. “We’re maybe the origin of the whole idea, but then there is Tarsem, a fantastic cast, a great studio behind it, and so it’s like a great cocktail.”
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Singh, known for his work in commercials, music videos and the films The Cell and The Fall, has a reputation for coming into a project with a very clear vision.
“We both wanted to work with him for a long time, and he with us,” Canton said of collaboration with Singh. “He had this Caravaggio pre-Renaissance painting concept, which is a lot different than the pop art of a lot of graphic novels.”
However, having a very clear vision can mean that collaboration is not an option.
“He still needs to understand what’s the word in Indian of ‘collaborating,’” Nunnari added.
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“He’s a great guy and very talented,” Canton quickly said.
Immortals, out on Nov. 11, features Cavill as Theseus, a peasant tasked to defend humankind against an evil warrior, King Hyperion, set on releasing the Titans, who were once defeated by the gods. Freida Pinto, Stephen Dorff, Kellan Lutz and Luke Evans also star in the film.
“We had a great cast,” said Canton. “Mickey and John Hurt and the more experienced actors really I think served almost as tutors for Henry and Luke and Freida. The thing that we’ve noticed the most is how people are emotionally involved in this story, which was the big thing with us, of course.”