New York -- The race for "War of the Gods
" and "Clash of the Titans
," two rival projects set up at Relativity and Warners, is quickening.
Both are close to casting their leads, with "Stardust
" topliner Henry Cavill
set to star in "Gods" and "Terminator Salvation
" star Sam Worthington
in negotiations to climb aboard "Titans," which Thunder Road is producing and Legendary Pictures is co-producing."
In addition, the projects have set start dates. "Gods" would seem to have the edge -- it's tentatively planned for a February shoot, while production on "Titans" is slated to begin in April.
Both are sub-$100 million projects, though the budget for "Gods," at approximately $85 million, is believed to be higher than "Titans," which is closer to the $70 million range.
The studios have been in a fierce battle to get their product to market first, in a battle echoing the scramble between competing studio projects "Troy" and "Alexander" in 2004.