Brett Ratner May Tackle ‘Hercules’ Adaptation

Published 4 years ago by , Updated March 3rd, 2014 at 7:06 am,

Brett Ratner in talks to direct Hercules movie Brett Ratner May Tackle Hercules Adaptation

The Conan the Barbarian reboot hits theaters this summer and early signs indicate that it’s fashioned largely after the comic book incarnation of the titular muscle-bound brute. Another well-sculpted ancient world hero, Hercules, has been given the graphic novel makeover before; and now the previously rumored adaptation of that story seems to be moving ahead, still under the direction of Brett Ratner.

Ratner is currently in talks with MGM studio heads to helm a film version of the comic book “Hercules: The Thracian Wars,” which would be his first in that genre since X-Men: The Last Stand – and could be the next best thing for Ratner, since he had to pass on directing the new Conan flick.

History buffs have often given Steve Moore’s “Thracian Wars” comic book credit for adhering closely to the original myths about the Greek demigod Heracles – better known by his Roman name, Hercules. Here’s an official description of the character, as portrayed in Moore’s work:

Fourteen-hundred years ago, a tormented soul walked the Earth that was neither man nor god. Hercules, powerful son of the god king Zeus, received nothing but suffering his entire life. After twelve arduous labors and the loss of his family, this dark, world-weary soul turned his back on the gods, finding his only solace in bloody battle.

Vulture indicates that Ratner (if he signs on) would set to work this summer on the new Hercules movie, which has reportedly been scripted by Ryan Condal, the fellow responsible for Alex Proyas’ upcoming Paradise Lost adaptation.

There have been numerous variations of the Hercules story released over the last couple of decades – including Disney’s 1997 animated feature and the ’90s show Hercules: The Legendary Journeys – but the last feature-length live-action cinematic variation on the myth was released in 1983, with Lou “The Hulk” Ferrigno playing the legendary warrior.

Check out the trailer for the 1983 Hercules flick below:

I bring all that up to say: it’s certainly been a while since the Hercules story was brought to life in cinematic form without the results being rather cheesy – or full of song & dance numbers (thank you, Disney). In this day and age, you can all but guarantee that this new Hercules movie will be promoted as a gritty and darker interpretation of the mythological hero.

Does a picture like that, in the hands of Brett Ratner, sound promising? While I would argue that Ratner actually did a better job directing the conclusion to the original X-Men trilogy than he usually receives credit for, that flick definitely had some significant flaws – and since the remainder of his filmography is composed of Rush Hour movies and so-so titles like Red Dragon and The Family Man, it’s difficult for me to recommend him for this job.

On the other hand – with admirable source material and a (hopefully) solid script in his hands, Ratner could conceivably deliver a decent Hercules movie. It certainly can’t be any sillier than the Ferrigno pic, right?

In the meantime, Ratner’s next onscreen project will be the action/comedy film Tower Heist, which stars Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy.

Source: Vulture

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  1. Perhaps Hercules will tackle Mr. Ratner back.

  2. I’m still a little mad at Bret for what he did to X3. I probably wont see this just because of that. You made a lot of fans mad with that one, Bret. Sorry bro.

  3. …Meh. Hercules is such an old(not literally) story. I would love it if someone made a movie about the story of Daedulus and Icarus. Such an great story.

    • Heh, well you’ll note that while I did call the 1983 Hercules movie cheesy, I didn’t say it’s without entertainment value. 8-)

      • It was an awesome find Sandy 8-)

        What’s even more funny is this movie was made for about 3.5 mil and actually MADE money, grossing over 10.5 mil!

      • You do know there were 2 Ferrigno Hercules movies? I think the one you have here is the first; a couple of months ago, I was channel surfing and noticed another Hercules movie where Zeus brought Hercules back. It was just as cheesy as its predecessor.

  4. I saw Ratner and my face got hot, who in their right mind would let this guy near another cbm?

  5. im going off subject because i hate anything with the name ratner attached to it. any news on the epic poem about the fall of satan and the battle between heaven and hell?

    • Sadly, no new… uh, news about the Paradise Lost movie yet, but I admit, I too am interested to see how that turns out.

  6. In other words, we may be getting a mediocre Hercules movie?

  7. I can’t believe that a studio is letting Ratner near another comic book franchise. This is soooo going to fail.

  8. My immediate reaction: a resounding no and pass.

  9. I will like to see a Hercules (Live Action) movie and I casted Brandon Routh to play “The Man of Steel”

  10. Correct me if I am wrong but this is not the comic book franchise Hercules as written by Marvel. You know the one that runs around giving “The Gift”….

    This appears to be based on the true(?) mythology of the Demi God Hercules that was presented in a comic, like a one shot mini series?

    If so let him run with it as it keeps him away from other real comic book heroes.

  11. If anyone mention the name “Hercules” the first thing come to my mind was Kevin Sorbo.

  12. I wonder if this will be Marvel’s version of Hercules. You know, one of Thor’s allies. Probably not. Kind of a stupid question now that I think of it. Don’t really like Marvel’s Hercules anyway. Even though Marvel did a great job adapting Thor from the Norse mythology, they din’t do that great with Herc.

  13. So someone woke Ratner up out of his Coke Binge stupor ??

    Should have left him there.

  14. I thought Ratner was set to direct the 4th installment of BHC with Eddie Murphy? Flixster had it as a Dec release? Any word on this?

  15. Brett Ratner, Roland Emmerich, Michael Bay and Mc G are bar none the worst directors in movie history.
    When a movie trailer announces that it’s a “Brett Ratner” film consider it a warning that the movie’s gonna suck big time.

  16. Quote: “Fourteen-hundred years ago, a tormented soul walked the Earth that was neither man nor god. Hercules…”
    This does not augur well…..600 AD is 2000 years too late – Greece was part of the Byzantine empire, and was officially christian at this time. Still, it’s what is to be expected from the american movie industry – witness the abortion which was U-571.