Johnson also has Brett Ratner’s Hercules movie on the horizon – a part the actor has been excited to play for some time:
Next shoot, is a passion project I’ve had on my mind ever since I got into Hollywood almost over 15 years now, Hercules. I can’t wait, we are going to shoot that in Croatia and Budapest. I’ve been preparing for this role now for a good part of a year.”
He also confirmed that Brett Ratner is indeed still in the director’s chair:
“It’s still Brett Ratner directing, Beau Flynn producing, Paramount, and MGM are on board. For me when I was a kid Hercules was a hero of mine and there was Steve Reeves to multiple guys who have played Hercules. This man, Hercules, was always a hero of mine. So when I first got into movies I thought ‘gosh I would love to do that one day.’ I always felt that the version of Hercules I wanted to play, was one that was more dramatic, and more survived in baron lands. Not necessarily slick in any way, or anything like that, but it’s been around and been on my mind for quite some time.”
Most people would agree that Johnson is a fine pick to play the mythical Greek hero – though whether director Brett Ratner will get the same kind of approval is another story. Ratner has many, many (many) detractors; however, excluding the Charlie Sheen / Chris Tucker film Money Talks, he also has a track record of cracking the $100-200 million (worldwide) barrier with his films – often earning considerable profits in the process.
That’s all to say: In terms of making Hercules a blockbuster hit, there are probably worse choices in a director (from a studio standpoint, at least).
Check out Johnson’s full Video Interview with MTV:
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Hercules opens on August 8th, 2014.