First Look: Dwayne Johnson Shows Massive Set of Ratner's 'Hercules'
By way of Twitter, action star Dwayne Johnson has already shown off some photos from the production of MGM and Paramount Pictures new adaptation of Hercules. Now another photo comes straight from the set, this one highlighting the massive production design. Johnson tweeted, "The most amazing set I've ever stepped foot on. Honored to play this role." And in the photo below, you can see that this is one gigantic set, and it looks like this location was just found in the middle of a desert as opposed to being built by a crew. Here's hoping the film from Brett Ratner turns out to be as impressive as these sets seem to be. Look!
Here's the new photo from the set of Brett Ratner's Hercules via Dwayne Johnson:
Hercules is directed by Brett Ratner (Rush Hour, X-Men: The Last Stand), written by Ryan Condal and Evan Spiliotopoulos, and based on Steve Moore's graphic novel Hercules: The Thracian Wars, Dwayne Johnson leads the film which also 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. The film is now shooting in Budapest, Hungary, with a theatrical release planned for July 25th, 2014. Cool?
Truth be told, Brett Ratner is not as bad as everyone tries to say he is. Yes he comes off poorly in interviews sometimes, but a lot of directors are incredibly famous douches. His Rush Hour films have some really classic action moments, Red Dragon was actually really damn good, and X-Men 3 was going to be a mess one way or another...there I said it, he's not responsible for the mess that was X-Men 3, and he does know how to stage big action set pieces. I look forward to this film.
Linkfx on Aug 19, 2013
That's kinda how I always saw him too. I agree with the X-Men thing. That movie's script was trash. Ratner did what he could with what he had. I don't think Ratner is particularly great, but he's competent and not particularly bad either.
Aj Meadows on Aug 19, 2013
Avi on Aug 19, 2013
exactly. he actually has a better directorial batting average than some of the 'auteurs' people seem to worship, just in the sense of pure entertainment value. He's no Spielberg...but he's also way better than Peter Berg, Stephen Sommers or McG, and like I mentioned with Red Dragon, he's shown he actually can bring a chilling artistry to the craft, and make memorable classic scenes. Not to mention his Rush Hour trilogy is pure, unadulterated fun, without a single boring moment and a great understanding of what makes martial arts really pop in that fast hong kong chop-socky style. It's beyond imitation. The guy knows his shit and therefore, will always have my respect. I have yet to see Tower Heist but I heard it's extremely underrated as an action comedy.
Linkfx on Aug 19, 2013
Red Dragon is god damn awesome
OfficialJab on Aug 19, 2013
You make a good argument, and I agree with you.
cobrazombie on Aug 19, 2013
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