Brett Ratner's 'Hercules' with Dwayne Johnson Officially in Production
by Ethan Anderton
June 10, 2013
With all the geek news that's coming out of Apple's WWDC and E3, it's a slow news day in the movie world. Therefore, we just though you'd like to know that director Brett Ratner (Rush Hour, X-Men The Last Stand) is officially behind the camera again for MGM and Paramount Pictures' joint production of Hercules, starring 2013's MVP Dwayne Johnson as the titular mythical hero. Based on on Steve Moore's graphic novel Hercules: The Thracian Wars, a press release describes the project as an ensemble-action film with revisionist take on the classic myth set in a grounded world where the supernatural does not exist.
Here's the official synopsis of the film from Paramount and MGM which is also being produced by the comic's Radical Studios President Barry Levine of Radical Studios and Executive VP Jesse Berger:
Everyone knows the legend of Hercules and his twelve labors. Our story begins after the labors, and after the legend…
Haunted by a sin from his past, Hercules has become a mercenary. Along with five faithful companions, he travels ancient Greece selling his services for gold and using his legendary reputation to intimidate enemies. But when the benevolent ruler of Thrace and his daughter seek Hercules' help to defeat a savage and terrifying warlord, Hercules finds that in order for good to triumph and justice to prevail... he must again become the hero he once was... he must embrace his own myth... he must be Hercules.
The project is now shooting in Budapest, Hungary, but will have a quick turnaround with a release planned for July 25th, 2014. In addition to Johnson, the cast features Ian McShane (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides), Rufus Sewell (A Knight's Tale), Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare in Love), Peter Mullan (War Horse), John Hurt (V for Vendetta) and also Rebecca Ferguson, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Aksel Hennie and Reece Ritchie. Here's hoping Johnson's venture in sword and sandal territory is better than The Scorpion King. Hopefully some sort of first look photos will emerge soon, so stay tuned.