Clash of the Titans is like the case study against bad, rushed 3D post-conversion. I honestly thought that horrible post job was going to kill 3D once and for all; while 3D is way down at the box office this year, Clash wasn't the death knell for which I had hoped. That may also have surprised Louis Leterrier, the director of the film, who is now playing that modern movie junket game of shitting on previous movies while promoting a new movie.
It was famously rushed and famously horrible. 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. "Clash of the Titans" is not my movie. And ultimately that's why I didn't do the sequel.
A gimmick to steal money from audiences! While that's obvious, it's certainly nice to hear somebody in the system simply stand up and admit it. 3D is a gimmick, especially post-conversion, and it exists almost exclusively to inflate ticket prices.
Leterrier seems pretty mad at Warner Bros in general. While he claims to still have a good relationship with the studio, he says this about the decision-making process to go 3D on Clash:
I was literally thrown under the bus for something that ... 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."
I'd like to see someone post-convert a film of Leterrier literally being thrown under a bus by Warner Bros executives. That could be a hit.