Joel Silver has been trying to get Logan’s Run back on the big screen for the last 20 years. Silver and Warner Bros. have gone through 17 different writers, and Ryan Condal makes 18. The classic Sci-Fi tale from William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson has resurfaced every few years at Warner Bros. with a new writer tackling the script and casting/directing talk which soon faded back into the shadows of that storeroom where the government placed the Ark of the Covenant. The question is, will this time be any different? (more…)
Dwayne Johnson has made quite the name for himself outside the world of professional wrestling, but would you have ever expected him to play a god? Nearly a year ago Johnson was cast as the lead in Brett Ratner‘s Hercules, but then the project quickly fell silent. Now, as if by some miracle, the film has an official release date – August 8th, 2014.
Based on Steve Moore’s graphic novel Hercules: The Thracian Wars, this imagining has Johnson starring as a mercenary who turns his back on the gods following the loss of his family. The mercenary, now training the armies of the King of Thrace, ends up having to fight the very soldiers he trained as they begin attacking the innocent they were sworn to protect. Set in the “real” world, the cast out son of Zeus will lack the supernatural elements that made him famous, but we can certainly expect plenty of action from Ratner.
Hercules is currently being adapted to the screen by Ryan Condal and, according to The Hollywood Reporter, will be produced by Ratner and Beau Flynn with Barry Levine overseeing the progress. The summer release date is perfect if the studio is looking for a franchise in the future and this could be a perfect long-term role for Dwayne. Comedy is well suited for the former wrestler, but it’s the action films that really bring in the bucks for him.
No reports on whether or not Kevin Sorbo has been asked to cameo, but with shooting possibly beginning later this year anything could happen.
Brett Ratner‘s attempt at a Hercules film didn’t work out with Millennium/Nu Image a few years ago, but now he’s back at it with MGM and it looks like this time they’re going places. They’ve been in talks with Dwayne Johnston (the fuckin’ Rock!) about starring in the adaptation of Steve Moore‘s graphic novel, Hercules: The Thracian Wars.
This will be an interesting take on the character, seeing as what we currently have on film is all happy-go-lucky-Disney type stuff; Moore’s Hercules is a tortured soul yearning for some sort of redemption. The screenplay has been written by Ryan Condal, who also wrote Paradise Lost.
I haven’t read the graphic novel, but it does sound like an interesting premise. I’m skeptical about the potential quality of the film seeing as The Rock is always an awesome addition but that obviously doesn’t say anything about it being any good. Ratner’s other work (Rush Hour 2, X-Men 3) have been woefully substandard (although Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker are always fun to watch) so his past work doesn’t give us much indication about his ability to do well with this project. We’ll just have to see. I’m willing to give this the benefit of the doubt (and I may regret it, but whatever).