Brett Ratner In Talks To Direct ‘Hercules’ Movie [Updated]

Published 5 years ago by , Updated August 11th, 2013 at 3:59 am,

[Article updated with plot-related information. See below.]

When Brett Ratner was attached to direct the Conan movie, folks who are… let’s just say ‘less than fans of him’ weren’t too happy. When Ratner dropped out of the project I imagine to those people it felt like a big bullet had been dodged.

However, more than a year after Ratner detaches himself from one classic macho-man he goes and attaches himself to another. LA Times is reporting that Ratner is now in talks to direct a new live-action Hercules movie.

The untitled project comes from producer Avi Lerner, who coincidentally enough is also producing Conan. Lerner has been trying to develop the Hercules project for over three years now, but it’s only recently begun picking up speed. It’s still in the development stages, but being in talks with a director is certainly a sign of things pushing forward. The script was written by Sean Hood, the man who also wrote the Conan script, coincidentally enough.

But is Ratner the right man for the job? Those of you who already hate him for what he did to the third X-Men movie will have already made their mind up. To me, Ratner hasn’t yet proven that he can handle action in the kick ass, gritty sort of way I’d want for a 21st century Hercules movie. The Rush Hour franchise, for example, doesn’t exactly take itself too seriously.

When the movie idea was first floated about three years ago, it was going to be a low budget production, so Hercules was going to be more of a reluctant hero in the real world – as opposed to the mythological character that’s familiar to everyone.

If Ratner does get the director’s chair, he’ll be going with the more traditional Hercules – fighting monsters and being a bad-ass. Essentially the idea would be to make him an ancient Greek superhero, along the lines of Spider-Man, Iron Man or X-Men. If it moves forward with Ratner, the script will get a major rewrite and the movie will have lots of action and spectacle, but the intent would be to also craft memorable characters and relationships… and to allow for moments of humor.

The last time there was an American live-action version of Hercules was when Lou Ferrigno played him in the 1980s. There are no specific details on plot or who will play the titular mythological figure in this new version. Will they go the Conan route and get someone who is not a household name (see: Jason Mamoa)? Or will they go for someone everyone knows? I’m sure Sam Worthington, The Rock and Vin Diesel’s names will all get thrown in the ring at some point…

Despite a lack of  plot details, it’s assumed that the new Hercules will have the same sort of action mentality that a lot of Lerner’s other produced movies have (see: The Expendables and Rambo). That’s a good thing to hear – I wouldn’t be surprised if the movie will follow in the stylistic footsteps of recent solid mythological action/adventures like Clash of the Titans and Prince of Persia. No doubt the success of those two films is a major factor in why Hercules is moving forward all of a sudden.

Stay tuned to find out if Ratner does end up directing the Hercules movie. Until then, let the discussion on Ratner’s suitability commence!

Source: LA Times

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  1. Dont care…

  2. Brett Ratner is a loser to me. I actually hated the last X-men movie because they could of done a much better job with the phoenix aka Jean Grey(Famke Jannsen) character. The only thing good about the movie was the ending sequence. He was attached to do a lot of projects that he wanted to take on, but budget problems, storyline issues, and the fact that he’s lazy. Hey Brett! Where the heck is Beverly Hills Cop 4 or God of War and or Rockband. Yes! i said, “God of War” and “Rockband”. Brett wanted to direct these as feature films, but the game companies that have rights to them turned him down because they figured that he would ruin the franchise. So, bring on Hercules Brett.

    • somewhere out there Steve Reeves is rolling over in his grave man, this is just bad bad news….

  3. One person that I think of when I hear Hercules: Kevin Sorbo

  4. I think Hugh Jackman can make an awesome casting to play Hercules just like he did played Wolverine.

    My Supporting Cast to HERCULES are: Frank Langella (Zeus), Willem Dafoe (Hades), Lesley Ann Warren (Hera), Hugh Laurie (Ares), Hugh Grant (Hermes), Doug Jones (Cyclops),

    • Kevin Sorbo > Hugh Jackman

      What is Hercules without the buttchin??

  5. Hmmm- Brett? Well, honestly, he’s such a directorial pinhead that I’d forgotten he’d even existed.

    Pity I remember now.


    • sorbos tv sries had a touch of cheesiness to it, thats what made it fun. best part of that show was bruce campbells autolycus appearances

  7. i think we can all agree anything brett ratner touches turns to crap. hes basically a comedic director that doesnt even make decent comedies.he should not even be allowed to work in hollywood

  8. yea real cheese but yea fun same with Zena i have a xena Costume and my Chakra is a real steel from Museum Replicas has quite a sharp edge to i was one of those girls still am..i am jonesing for a Latex underworld costume

  9. Don’t worry guys, he’s reportedly NOT in talks for the film:

    As for his films, yeah, they suck. Although, I did enjoy ‘The Family Man’.

    • Matt Keith,

      I don’t know if he’s STILL in talks but I have it on very good authority that he WAS.


  10. Is Kevin Sorbo too old for this??? If we go by Stallone years, no he’s not too old at all. Though I doubt the studio would give him a call, and Sorbo probably won’t go for it. All in all, I’m not getting my hopes up.

  11. I’ll probably get killed for saying this, but what about Taylor Lautner?
    As a kid, I loved the cartoon version of Hercules, and in the cartoon version Hercules is pretty young, isn’t he?
    I’m just saying, if they’re looking for a Hercules who’s about 20 instead of 40, I think they should consider Lautner. After all, he got a lot of attention for his muscles after New Moon.