It’s been eight-and-a-half months since Brett Ratner and Dwayne Johnson both turned attention toward a new and graphic version of the Hercules story that was, fittingly, titled Hercules. Stars had aligned for the project to move forward with a bunch of people on board — Peter Berg would even produce, and this was before Battleship — but MGM was a problem. They don’t always have enough money, even with some big things on the way later this year, and someone is usually needed to give their projects a stronger backbone.
Here are Paramount to pick things up and take them closer to the finish line. It’s reported that Hercules is being co-opted by the studio, who will collaborate with producers to get shooting underway this coming spring. Johnson is still aboard, while Ryan Condol has scripted an adaptation of Steve Moore‘s comic Hercules: The Thracian Wars.
A synopsis of that can be read below:
“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?!”
Now that Ratner has made Hercules his next project, will you pay any further attention? Is it good to know the Midnight Run sequel is further delayed?
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