For once, it’s NOT because he wrote the comic book it’s based on and he’s an impossible to please twelve-cylinder wackaloon.
It’s because his FRIEND wrote the comic book it’s based on–being a twelve-cylinder wackaloon is incidental this time.
There is, of course, a bit more to it than that: Brett Ratner‘s upcoming Hercules, starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, is based on Steve Moore‘s Radical Comics series Hercules: The Thracian Wars. Due to the kind of legal BS the comics industry is infamous for, Steve Moore (no relation to Alan Moore, btw) received no compensation when his comic was optioned for film adaptation. Steve Moore did not contest this, but asked that his name be taken off the film, given that he would not be making a cent from it–not to mention the fact that the film version took a great deal of creative liberties with his work, but more on that later… (more…)
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is currently working on the set of his new Brett Ratner movie, Hercules and he’s keeping fans up to date on the latest goings-on through his Twitter feed. The latest is an on set picture,
Johnson mentions set designer Jean-Vincent Puzo (Lords of War, 10,000 BC) and how he’s digging the details. The movie is based on the Radical Comics graphic novel “Hercules: The Thracian Wars“ by Steve Moore with Cris Bolsin. The story is a revisionist look at the classic myth, set in a world where the supernatural does not exist.
Hercules also stars Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Joseph Fiennes, Peter Mullan, John Hurt, Rebecca Ferguson, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Aksel Hennie, Reece Ritchie and Tobias Santelmann.
Hercules is scheduled to hit theater screens July 25th, 2014.
Via: Coming Soon
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.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is signed and sealed to play the lead in Brett Ratner‘s Hercules, for Paramount Pictures and MGM Studios. The movie is based on the Radical Publishing‘s comic book series “Hercules.” The series had two story arcs, “The Thracian Wars” and “The Knives of Kush,” both were written by Steve Moore featuring art by Cris Bolsin.
“The Thracian Wars” plot line:
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?!
Sounds like something The Rock can run with. It’s been a while since the heyday of Kevin Sorbo‘s Hercules run in the 90’s, so maybe it’s time to get the popular hero back in the saddle. At least the special effects should be a better grade than the television series, those weren’t bad for TV, but we should get something along the lines of Clash of Titans.
What do you think, can The Rock bring to magic back to Hercules?
Via: Superhero Hype
Because the world could use a little more of Dwayne Johnson‘s exposed, rock (no pun intended) hard body, it has just been reported that Johnson has officially signed on to play Hercules in Brett Ratner‘s adaptation of Steve Moore‘s comic, The Thracian Wars.
In this particular story, Hercules is put in charge of a group of six mercenaries but after they’re sent to kill innocents, he revolts and tries usurp the king or some shit.
You know that South Park episode where all Stan hears is fart sounds? That’s kind of how this headline read to me. Don’t get me wrong, if there’s anyone who could fill the half man/half god’s battle-torn sandals, it’s Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Then again, since when has Hercules been black/samoan? Anyway, my facepalm moment came upon hearing this is a Brett Ratner joint. There were 3 Rush Hour movies and Brett directed them all! ‘Nuff said.
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).