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Brett Ratner Diving into Mythological Heroes with Hercules?

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July 15, 2010
Source: 24 Frames

Hercules

Honestly, I hadn't noticed that one of the most highly criticized, yet surprisingly successful directors, Brett Ratner, hadn't directed a feature film in over 3 years. Last time Ratner threw something up on screen (not counting his short in New York, I Love You) it was Rush Hour 3. That flick is essentially vomit on celluloid, so my verbiage is accurate on at least two different levels. 24 Frames is reporting that the director might get back in the director's chair to bring the classic action hero Hercules back to theaters. Producer Avi Lerner has been developing the project for over three years and apparently its gained some recent new momentum.

Ratner has plenty of experience with action (for better or worse) with three Rush Hour movies and X-Men: The Last Stand under his belt, but sword and sandal epics are a different animal. Honestly, I've never been a fan of Ratner's blockbuster work, but rather enjoyed his work on Red Dragon and his short in New York, I Love You. But of course, a big action epic in the same vein as Clash of the Titans would be right up his alley. Hercules is also a character that hasn't had a decent live-action adaptation for the big screen in a couple decades, so people may be more than interested in seeing him return. But if Kevin Sorbo isn't in then count me out (I'm only half-joking). Does anyone want to see a new Hercules film from Brett Ratner?

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  • http://movies.iconocritic.com peloquin
    The Kevin Sorbo Hercules was my favorite show when I was 13 (though that might be due to Xena and Gabrielle)...Buffy was definitely a close second. ... Kids with internet porn today don't know how good they have it.
  • Craig
    My interest in Greek mythology movies dried up with the Clash of the Titans remake.
  • Poontoong
    What happened to the Peter Berg version that was in development?
  • Xerxex
    @peloquin they really don't do they! Ratner just isn't someone I'm willing to put any stock in when it comes to movies.
  • Adster
    Dear God whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy????? If people are now pissed at M Night, Brett Ratner has to be one of the directors that I've LONG hated and for the same reasons as M Night. Brett Ratner was the one responsible for the painfully horrific X Men 3: The Last Bland. I had no real problem with the Rush Hour movies. They were light, no-brainers and I didn't expect anything more from them. The X-men franchise was MURDERED single-handedly by this director and now, hot on the heels of the moderate success of Clash of the Titans, Brett Ratner now thinks he can make a bundle of cash from another Greek myth, in his crayon-eating, ham-fisted, padded-helmet-wearing way. Brett Ratner is the American Uwe Boll.
  • Jimmy Love
    Beware Brett Ratners Crotch!
  • bigbog
    noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
  • Eli
    Hmm. I'm not too familiar with this Ratner character. I've seen xmen tls. If he has a shady rep, then I have to agree with number 7. To me, Hercules isn't necessarily a film classic save disney animated. I loved that movie. Still, it is a well known story told several different ways. I'd rather see someone else helm this and I hope someone with good film credit is penning it.
  • Demtor
    @Adster - *High Five*

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