Brett Ratner is deep into the production schedule for his adaptation of Radical Comics’ Hercules: The Tracian Wars (originally written by Steve Moore and illustrated by Admira Wijaya). Today, we’ve got a couple of new “teaser” images that star Dwayne Johnson has uploaded online. The film was originally to be directed by Peter Berg, who stayed on as producer when Ratner came on board. MGM & Paramount are financing and distributing.
The graphic novel upon which this film is based will no doubt present a completely different tone when compared to the various incarnations on TV and film. I’m not sure if this is a popular subgenre right now, and if this had been released 5-10 years ago, it might have capitalized on the 300 craze. Then again, Johnson wouldn’t be the established leading actor then as he is right now. Almost every movie he’s appeared in since January has hit number one. They may not be great films, but they all but guarantee Johnson as a certifiable, bankable star.
Ratner will and always has been a director I worry about. His track record as director has never been built on quality, so seeing his name never inspires confidence. Still, I wonder if a stylized story, a great cast, and Johnson’s charisma would be strong enough to support any movie, despite the man or woman sitting in the director’s chair.
Hercules: The Tharcian Wars is due out in 2014 and stars Sir Ian McShane, Joseph Fiennes, Rufus Sewell Ingrid Bolsø and John Hurt.
Here’s a full description of The Tharcian Wars by Steve Moore…
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.