Calm Down: Bubo Will Be in ‘Clash of the Titans’

By  · Published on February 11th, 2010

I have to admit that my life is pretty fantastic. I watch movies for a living, have a sweet girlfriend, don’t have to do my dishes in the bathtub anymore, own a great boat-rocket, and I don’t have to do my taxes because of this great loophole I found.

But something was gnawing at me. Deep in the pit of my gut. It was a growing concern that reared its head in those cold, lucid dreams where I found myself in an abandoned movie theater where the credits were rolling on a new release. And those credits were missing an important character.

A character that Scott Weinberg of Cinematical has called “The Jar Jar Binks of Clash of the Titans.” That’s right, friends.

Bubo, the Goddamned Owl.

Tonight, I had a chance to speak with Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay – the screenwriters behind the Clash of the Titans remake – and they allayed that nagging concern by relaying to me that there would be a “loving cameo” made by the owl.

Unless it ends up on the cutting room floor.

Apparently the scene has been back and forth – in the print, on the floor, back in the reel, and then back in the dustbin. For now, according to the screenwriting pair, the owl stays in the picture.

Here’s hoping Louis Leterrier has the good sense to keep in that subtle nod to the fans of the first film. As long as it doesn’t get in the way or seem out of place, why not throw a bone to the crew who marveled at Ray Harryhausen’s triumphs? In fact, why not toss in a few subtle Harryhausen references to show some reverence to the old guy?

For now, I’m sated. Bubo will, in some small way, be a part of the forthcoming film, and I hope that he makes it all the way to the final cut.

What do you think? I care way too much about this, right?

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