Special Annnouncement: Force of the Trojans

The foundation established by legendary special effects visionary Ray Harryhausen is pleased to announce a joint effort with Morningside Productions, the company of late film producer Charles Schneer. Discovery of new materials in the vast archives of the Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation will be the basis of a spectacularly new and original theatrical motion picture in the style of such Harryhausen/Schneer classics such as Clash of the Titans, the duo’s most significant box office collaboration from 1981.

This project, tentatively entitled Force of the Trojans, is based on a screenplay by Beverley Cross, and original production art and sculptures conceived by Ray Harryhausen that are on par with some of his most iconic screen creatures.

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.

Unlike other revisits to the fantasy adventure genre, Force of the Trojans will bring together stop-motion animation with the photo-real world of CGI, marking the first time that a monster battle will mix both techniques on screen in a major motion picture. In homage to a bygone era, this film will bring both worlds crashing together. For the first time, we can put on screen sequences that were not possible for Ray due to the limitations of special effects photography at the time.

The Harryhausen Foundation oversees and curates a vast creative archive of 60 years’ worth of artefacts in its 50,000-strong collection from the father of animated special effects, making this the most complete and comprehensive fantasy cinema and animation collection anywhere in the world. We are excited and challenged to have unearthed this lost gem and a look forward to creating a film that will delight both the fans of Ray Harryhausen and moviegoers everywhere.

John Walsh
Foundation Trustee, filmmaker and friend of Ray Harryhausen


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8 Responses

  1. says:

    […] From the web site of the Ray Harryhausen Foundation comes this surprising and exciting announcement: […]

  2. says:

    This is a very exciting announcement! I grew up watching old tapes of Jason and the Argonauts and Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger, and I cannot begin to describe how influential Ray Harryhausen has been to me. As a filmmaker early in my career, I hope one day to work with and advance the same techniques which Harryhausen pioneered. I am looking forward to more news from Force of the Trojans very soon.

  3. says:

    Great news for Harryhausen fans.
    Harold D. Zabady

    • says:

      that is good news to here. i grew up watching his films and they put you in another world..
      i hope they do it right with the effects and the story.
      cgi is an effective tool for effects, but stop motion gives you the illusion that the character is alive.
      superheros are getting old. Its time for stop motion to make a comeback in fantasy story telling.

  4. says:

    Dear RH Foundation,
    After hearing that your unrealized film project, “Force of the Trojans” is going to become a vivid reality, I can hardly wait for you to share some exciting stuff with all of your fans. I’m getting tired of CGI shlock, and $50 million worth of Superheroes, dystopian future shock survival and giant CGI monsters destroying major cities. I want to see everything come back to life with physical effects just as the Jim Henson Company is doing with Netflix on “The Dark Crystal: The Age of Resistance”.
    I want to bring hands-on puppets, miniatures, stop motion animation and practical visual effects back to cinema.
    Thank you for your patronage, and I will be doing my picture storybooks based on your classic films.
    Yours sincerely, Elisa Huberman

  5. says:

    This is the most exciting fantastic film news in decades!

  6. says:

    This is an absolute dream come true!! I am looking forward to the finished film immensely, thankyou so much!


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