'Clash of the Titans' Director Calls Its 3D Conversion 'Absolutely Horrible'

Louis Leterrier says Warner Bros.' rushed effort to add the effect was "a gimmick to steal money from the audience."
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Director Louis Leterrier is speaking out about his experience working on 2010's reboot of Clash of the Titans for Warner Bros., saying he was "literally thrown under the bus" by the studio and that the 3D conversion was "famously horrible."

Speaking to The Huffington Post in support of his latest movie -- the magician heist film Now You See Me -- Leterrier held nothing back about the technical failures of the CGI-heavy adventure based on Greek myths.

"It was a very tough experience," Letterier recalls. "I was literally thrown under the bus. ... I still have a good relationship with Warner Bros., but at one point it was like, 'Yeah, Louis chose the 3D.' And I was like, 'No, guys, I didn't choose the 3D. I actually told you it's not working. I couldn't control it. I said 'Don't do it.' "

"It was famously rushed and famously horrible," Leterrier admits. "It was absolutely horrible, the 3D. Nothing was working, it was just a gimmick to steal money from the audience. I'm a good boy and I rolled with the punches and everything, but it's not my movie."

The French filmmaker, who got his start directing 2002's The Transporter, adds that he was "thrown at the wolves" during the making of Clash, and that's why he chose not to return to direct its sequel, 2012's Wrath of the Titans.