Dwayne Johnson Confirmed for Brett Ratner’s ‘Hercules'; Filming Begins Next Year

Published 2 years ago by , Updated November 8th, 2012 at 12:46 pm,

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We learned earlier this year that Dwayne Johnson has indeed struck a deal to headline Hercules, an adaptation of Radical Comics’ Hercules: The Thracian Wars (written by Steve Moore and illustrated by Admira Wijaya). The film is going to be directed by Brett Ratner and co-produced by Peter Berg (director of Hancock and Battleship), who originally had plans to sit at the helm before Ratner came aboard.

Johnson was confirmed for Anthony and Joe Russo’s Ciudad graphic novel adaptation at the same time reports emerged about him committing to Hercules (which came a few weeks after initial reports that talks had begun). It now appears that Ratner will begin production on his ancient world epic early next year, around the same time the Russo brothers start shooting Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Deadline has the exclusive about Hercules getting an official greenlight, with MGM and Paramount joining forces to co-produce the venture. Ratner has been tapped to direct since he dropped out of the Conan the Barbarian reboot (that turned out to be a wise move), but his reputation as a filmmaker hasn’t improved much over the past five years – or, rather, not since the one-two punch of X-Men: The Last Stand and Rush Hour 3 (that’s despite his last movie, Tower Heist, earning a respectable critical response).

Johnson, by comparison, has returned to full-fledged action star status, beginning with Faster back in 2010; though, a larger audience didn’t follow until he appeared in Fast Five last year. ‘The Rock’ should make an appearance in no less than five films due to hit theaters next year, including the crime-thriller SnitchG.I. Joe: Retaliation (now enhanced with 3D and more Channing Tatum), the true-story crime flicks Pain & Gain and Empire State, as well as Fast and the Furious 6.

Ratner may be an easy (and, admittedly, somewhat deserving) target for fan rage over his previous directorial efforts; not to mention, having Berg as the director would’ve inspired more confidence right off the bat. Nonetheless, Johnson has the perfect combination of charisma and physical prowess to carry a decently-written version of the Hercules myth.

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Hercules is also a far cry from Johnson’s previous forays into the sword & sandals sub-genre, with The Scorpion King and Mummy Returns. Moore and Wijaya’s comic book is renowned as a pretty faithful retelling of the Hercules mythology, picking up with the son of Zeus after he completes his famous twelve labors and becomes a mercenary interested in little more than getting paid (and wreaking bloody havoc on the battlefield).

The adapted script was penned by Ryan Condal, who co-wrote Alex Proyas’ axed Paradise Lost; subsequent revisions were handled by Evan Spiliotopoulos, who we’ve heard also did some uncredited work on Snow White and the Huntsman (he is also scripting the developing Asteroids movie). Here is a proper description of Moore and Wijaya’s The Thracian Wars:

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.

Filming on Hercules (as mentioned before) is slated to get underway in a matter of months, so look for additional casting updates over the forthcoming weeks.

Source: Deadline

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  1. Correct me if I am wrong, but wasnt Hercules a Greek Demi-God?

  2. OOPS…Hercales was the Greek, Hercules is the Roman God, ok I will buy Roman god being potrayed by a Half-Black-Half Somoan.

    • does it matter ?

      • At some point these character vs star mismatches get a bit ridiculous so yes, it DOES matter.

        • American heroes are portrayed by foreigners (MOS)SUPERMAN, BATMAN,WOLVERINE,and THOR is been happening for a while so it doesn’t matter anymore

          • haha, how about naming one “foreigner” that hasn’t looked the part. There is a BIG difference between faking an accent and not being a visual match which you tried to conveniently hide in your examples.

            When Superman is being played by Will Smith….THEN you can claim it doesn’t matter anymore.

    • Heracles was the Greek demi-god, Hercules was the Roman version of that name. Still the same guy.

    • Heracles is the Greek version. Hercales is the kid from the Nutty Professor. Hercales,Hercales,Hercales .

    • I thought the spelling was Heracles??

  3. Why don’t they just make this a GOW movie instead. They can even keep the Rock as Kratos

    • Seconded

      • Almost agree. But do you really want Brett Ratner making it.

        • No, not particularly. I just don’t want GOW to seem like a rehash of a bunch of greek mythology movies (Wrath of the Titans, Heracles/Hercules whatever) by the time it eventually comes out.

    • (hee-hee) My real last name is “Gau” (pronounced GOW, rhymes with “cow”). It comes from the Danish. I would be pleased to play Hercules, thank you!

    • (hee-hee) My real last name is “Gau” (pronounced GOW, rhymes with “cow”. It’s from the old-world Danish). I would gladly play Hercules, thank you!

      Incidently, in one picture The Rock is bald. But maybe the other illustration isn’t really someone with a lion-head on top of their own. Maybe that’s The Rock after he used too much hair tonic??

  4. I don’t feel Ratner is the man to direct a gritty greek adventure like this (or any movie). And i don’t feel The Dock has the acting chops to pull of the darker side of Heracles.

    And thestpry ofhis 12 labors is much more interesting to me than this one they have come up with IMO.

    • Hopefully they will prove to be the opposite. I like The Rock, even though he ain’t no Oscar worthy actor just yet but anyway it would be nice to see him achieve some success.

      • Agreed. i’m sure The Rock will do fine if it’s a typical Brett Ratner tone. Their were rumors early that this would be rated R and be very serious. But that was months ago.

  5. Sound bad ass

  6. Oh not Ratner! I’ve tried to enjoy his movies I really have, After the Sunset was half decent but then all his movies have the same feel to them, like what your watching could have been so much better in someone else’s hands, he’s like a poor mans…….well anyone, he’s like the substitute you use when all the others are injured, off sick or dead!

  7. AAAAAAAAGGGGGGGHHH!!!! It’s HERACLES not HERCULES! If they have ALL of the Gods called by their Roman counterpart, Jupiter, Pluto, Neptune, etc, that’s fine. What’s not fine is mixing together the Greek and Roman names! We shouldn’t have HERCULES running around with Zeus and Hades. HERACLES does that!

    • I feel your pain…

    • Considering Johnson doesn’t even look Greek, it seems they are just going to let the inconsistencies pile up.

      The ironic thing about all this is:

      “Moore and Wijaya’s comic book is renowned as a pretty faithful retelling of the Hercules mythology>”

      Faithful? /facepalm.

  8. There can be only ONE Hercules! KEVIN SORBO!

    I kid. I kind of stopped watching the Rock after I saw him do the peck pop of love in that horrible movie lost on an island. It warped my fragile little mind.

  9. herp derp X3 – everyone here

  10. Looks like Rock’s gonna be busy then, he apparently was locked into a title match in his old pro wrestling stomping grounds months back so he’ll have to take time out in late January for that too as well as these 6 movies (although GI Joe is done already so technically, only 5 now).

    Always liked him though, Rock for Expendables 3?

  11. I’ve read this comic and it is friggin badass. If they do this right it will be an awesome movie.

  12. Nope!
    Hecules was Trachian by descend and those were Pelasgian race that lived and still live before the Dananians and Aceanninas so alled Greeks arived from Upper Eygpt the Hyksos and from Middle east Assirian stock to the shores of Moreja. The Ancient Myths proper were Pelasgian/Pheonician/Veneti myths, that were stolen and subjegated by the new invaders.


  14. This isn’t Clash of the Titans, there are zero supernatural elements. Basically its a historical take on a mythological character (like 2004’s King Arthur) set in Late Bronze Age/Mycenaean Greece, a few years before the Trojan War. Hercules is a self-aggrandizing psychopath with a lion pelt and a club whose mythological background is largely implied. He’s a mercenary who cultivates a lot of tall tales about himself to boost his reputation, but at the end of the day still kicks major ass. Its awesome.
    Too bad Brett Ratner is going to screw it up.

  15. What happened to Rock’s “Lobo” film?

  16. My one question with the article is the line about how having Berg as director “would have inspired more confidence right off the bat.” Really??? Battleship??? Hancock??? Did I just drop into a strange alternate universe where these are NOT considered bad-to-mediocre films? (Hancock is sort of watchable, I’ll grant. But nothing that would inspired any “confidence” of any sort.) Ratner, Berg… it sounds like a typical Hollywood hackfest all around.

  17. The myths that inform the legend of Hercules (Greek: Herakles) is legion.

    Based on a local strongman who lived in Thebes around 1300 B.C. the traditional collection of heroic stories grew exponentially into tall-tales over eons until they bore no resemblance to any human being… until Herakles (“glory of Hera”) thereafter could only be a demi-god.

    That said, the heart of the Herculean myth is the 12 Labors; without them, the film could be any epical (pre-history) adventure featuring any number of Greek heroes who as mercenaries roam the ancient world.

    The distinction here is that Herakles wanted to be a god and join his father Zeus on Mt. Olympus in the afterlife, while throughout his earthly existence he suffered under the pathological jealousy of Hera, wife of Zeus but not the mother of Herakles. (You can see why.) Hence, the 12 Labors.

    Okay, here’s the schism that separates the comic book from the traditional narrative: the comic has our hero contrite in looking for redemption; the myth has him arrogantly searching for glory.

    Brett Ratner is a competent filmmaker but a conventional one, who excels in making popcorn movies; so does Peter Berg, and just about every other director known to Hollywood. But studios who pony up a great deal of money to produce an epic-size flick feel safe hiring these guys with a proven box office track record. And a film like Hercules will have them risking a great many ducets, so….

    The Rock is a good re-actor but not a great actor; however has the physique and he is a “star”. Dwayne Johnson’s brown skin notwithstanding, Herakles was “Mediterranean” descended from Europeans. So much for casting.

    Research shows the mythological Herakles is a haunted soul (and a pedophile / re: Hyllus); though the comic “Hercules” will doubtlessly go for the PG-13 rating. So, any debate over accuracy…given the authentic Greek hero is unknowable and the myth unrecognizable as portrayed in the graphic novel.

    Bottom Line: Movies are myths; a movie about Hercules (Herakles) is the myth of a myth.

  18. ya i guess dwayne would be a logical choice…..he has the size to be herc….i would have liked to see ERIC BANA bulked up in the role..he has the right look to be herc….black hair the mediterranean look as well…

  19. okay so for those of you who wish to complain about who plays the role, don’t see the movie! I don’t see your name on the movie credits so omg here’s a tissue go cry about it. Someone is doing something great with their talents and yet ya’ll complain about it. For crap sakes go moan to your therapist.