When he’s done palling around with some masters, Brett Ratner has yet another big-scale film to get in the can. You’re probably (even vaguely) aware that the assignment, this time out, is Hercules, a repackage of the Greek legend aimed toward that large overlap of modern audiences and fans of Dwayne Johnson. It’s been in the cards for a little while now, and although the “hype,” as it were, has been low that entire time, things are going to have to ramp up soon.
As announced by Paramount, the project is getting an August 8th, 2014 release, which is only really significant for one reason: coming a week after Marvel’s superhero space film Guardians of the Galaxy. The rest of that month’s slate is currently undetermined — August 2014 is 19 months away, after all — but, if this shapes up to be the sort of action-adventure blockbuster that Paramount oh-so-surely hopes for, expect Ratner‘s film to be the only significant release that day. Well, if the result could count as significant in the first place.
As scripted by Ryan Condol (and “adjusted” by Evan Spiliotopoulos), Hercules is based on the comic series Hercules: The Thracian Wars. Read a synopsis of that to get some idea as to what direction the film will take:
“Fourteen-hundred years ago, a tormented soul walked the Earth that was neither man nor god. Hercules, powerful son of the god king Zeus, received nothing but suffering his entire life. After twelve arduous labors and the loss of his family, this dark, world-weary soul turned his back on the gods, finding his only solace in bloody battle. Over the years he warmed to the company of six similar souls, their only bond being their love of fighting and the presence of death. These men and woman never question where, why, or whom they go to fight; only how much they will be paid. Knowing this, the King of Thrace has hired these mercenaries to train his men to become the greatest army of all time. Hercules begins to question King Cotys’ motives when he takes his army out to battle and sees them practice on innocent men, women, and children of their neighbors. Deep in his soul something stirs, but is it enough to stop a mad king and his army of the damned from marching across Greece – or even Olympus itself?!”
Ratner. Johnson. Hercules. Can you even be properly prepared?
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