Peter Berg Bringing Hercules: The Thracian Wars to Life
by Alex Billington
July 23, 2008
Not only is he reviving Dune, but Peter Berg is bringing back Hercules as well. Unfortunately after Berg tinkered with Hancock, in the wrong way, I'm not really excited for anything he's doing next, but alas, here we go. Berg just officially signed on to produce and direct Hercules: The Thracian Wars, a feature adaptation based on Radical Publishing's five-issue comic series written by Steve Moore. One of the producers, Barry Levine, explained that "what resonated for them was that this was character driven, about a character who's more man than god, with conflicts and redemption." Hercules?! Seriously? What is wrong with Hollywood?! I'm excited for the Clash of the Titans remake, but bringing back Hercules is really taking it too far. Especially with Peter Berg in the director's chair!
Hercules is a character that has been around for ages, but has only recently been seen again in this new comic book series published in May through Radical Publishing. As you can see from the publisher's official website, this comic has a much different story than the Hercules we're all familiar with. Either way, it looks like a very brutal and bloody comic that I hope can be adapted with as much intensity as the comic. I really was not impressed with Berg's Hancock, but I blame the script, because I otherwise enjoyed The Kingdom quite a bit. I will say that Hercules, whether adapted from this comic or otherwise, is not a character that I'm the least bit excited to see return to the big screen. I'd rather watch the 1981 Clash of the Titans or even Disney's animated 1997 Hercules than see Berg try and bring a PG-13 live-action Hercules back to life.
Anyone else agree with me or is Hercules your own favorite mythical hero?