Brett Ratner Directing a Different 'Hercules' Project for MGM Instead
Last July we heard that director Brett Ratner was looking to direct a new film from producer Avi Lerner that would bring the epic action hero Hercules back to the big screen. But the filmmaker went in another direction and decided to make Tower Heist with Ben Stiller. However, Vulture hears thar Ratner is now circling a completely different Hercules project in the form of Hercules: The Thracian Wars, a film set up at the recovering MGM Pictures, which is based on Steve Moore's comic book of the same name. Ryan Condal, who recently penned Alex Proyas' gestating Paradise Lost adaptation, is behind the screenplay.
The synopsis from Moore's comic book at Radical Publishing (the company that also has an adaptation of their Legends comic in the works) sounds pretty epic:
Nearly 3,200 years ago, a tormented soul walked the Earth as neither man nor god: Hercules, powerful son of the god-king Zeus, and for this he received nothing but suffering. After 12 arduous labors and the loss of his family, this dark, world-weary soul turned his back on the gods, finding solace only in bloody battle. Over the years, he warmed to the company of six similar souls, bonded by their love of fighting and the presence of death - never questioning where they go or who they fight, just how much they will be paid. Now the King of Thrace has hired these mercenaries to turn his men into the greatest army of all time, which means training them to be as bloodthirsty and ruthless as their own reputation. It is time for this band of lost souls to finally have their eyes opened to how far they have fallen - and the narrow, perilous path to their own redemption.
So we'll get Conan the Barbarian this summer, and sometime after that we'll get Hercules: The Thracian Wars. Oh, and don't forget there's still a Clash of the Titans sequel on the way next year too. Plenty of sword and sandal action to go around. As for Ratner's involvement, well it doesn't do much to excited me, but surely there has to be people out there who like all the Rush Hour movies and X-Men: The Last Stand enough to get excited. Personally, I've only been impressed by Red Dragon, but somehow I don't think this Hercules flick will be in the same vein. Anyone interested?