Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Hercules’ Secures a Summer 2014 Release Date

Published 2 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2013 at 1:35 pm,

dwayne johnson hercules Dwayne Johnsons Hercules Secures a Summer 2014 Release Date

Brett Ratner’s Hercules adaptation (based on the “Hercules: The Thracian Wars” comic book) is coming together this year, with (former) Scorpion King Dwayne Johnson starring. The project was stalled in early development for a while, before Ratner skipped out on directing the Conan the Barbarian reboot and picked up this mythological ancient world blockbuster instead.

Back in 2012, reports began circulating that Paramount and MGM want Hercules to begin lensing this year. The studios has pencilled in a Summer 2014 release date, confirming the Johnson vehicle will come right after the five movies featuring ‘The Rock’ hitting theaters this year.

Hercules opens on August 8th, 2014, exactly one week after Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy hits the scene. As for 2013: Johnson returns in next month’s crime tale Snitch, followed by G.I. Joe: Retaliation in March and Michael Bay’s Pain & Gain this April. Once the summer blockbuster season gets underway, he’ll appear in Fast and the Furious 6 and show up again with Hunger Games‘ Liam Hemsworth in Empire State during the second half of this year.

Here is a description of “The Thracian Wars” comic book:

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. Over the years he warmed to the company of six similar souls, their only bond being their love of fighting and the presence of death. These men and woman never question where, why, or whom they go to fight; only how much they will be paid.

Knowing this, the King of Thrace has hired these mercenaries to train his men to become the greatest army of all time. Hercules begins to question King Cotys’ motives when he takes his army out to battle and sees them practice on innocent men, women, and children of their neighbors. Deep in his soul something stirs, but is it enough to stop a mad king and his army of the damned from marching across Greece – or even Olympus itself?!

An early Hercules script draft was penned by Sean Hood (co-writer on the Conan reboot), but the current screenplay is credited to Ryan Condal. The screenwriter worked on Alex Proyas’ Paradise Lost adaptation, before that project plummeted into development hell (no pun intended).

Brett Ratner in talks to direct Hercules movie Dwayne Johnsons Hercules Secures a Summer 2014 Release Date

The Scorpion King isn’t exactly what you would call a fan-favorite movie (though, it has inspired multiple direct-to-DVD sequels), so many cinephiles see Hercules as a chance for Johnson to “redeem” himself in the swords-and-sandals sub-genre. Of course, that task’s easier said than done, especially when you have Ratner – who people love-to-hate, after stuff like X-Men: The Last Stand – in the director’s chair.

Say what you will about Ratner: he at least knows how to make a movie look slick, professional and sophisticated. Success (or lack thereof) is more dependent on the strengths of the scripts, which is why a Ratner action-comedy like Tower Heist was given a warmer reception than Rush Hour 3 (and accounts for Red Dragon being as good as it is). For my money, Johnson as the son of Zeus is good casting; now, it remains to be seen if Condol’s script is also up to snuff.

Are you looking forward to seeing Dwayne Johnson in Hercules?


Hercules opens on August 8th, 2014.

Source: Paramount Pictures/MGM

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  1. Good premise and i love greek mythos and it saddens me i havnt seen a good film rrgarding it. Unfortunantly i have no faith in ratner

  2. I don’t see anything Hercules about Dwayne Johnson, nor do I believe he could fit that role without playing himself. Yeah, he’s strong…and?

  3. I will watch the Rock in anything, he aweosme and I’m willing to swallow my pride and over look my hate for Brett Ratner and support this movie, hopefully if Ratner steps out of line, the rock will give him the people’s elbow to the face lol

    • Or the fact he is Not Roman in anyway shape or form.

      He could not even do Greek Heracles.

      Now, I know some Romans are tanned and darker…BUT DANG IT!

      • The Rock doesn’t really look Eygptian, or like a Tooth Fairy, but who cares he’s The Rock!

        He could be cast as Martin Luther King or even Jesus and I’d still watch him cuz he’s The Rock!! ;-)

        • Hercules, or Heracles, was not Egyptian. What I have seen in the trailer matches the description in the myths. Clothed with the skin of the Nemean Lion, carrying a club. 1400 years would make this story much too late. Try 2600 years.

    • I absolutely agree with you. Johnson is entertaining and I loathe Brett Ratner. The only person, behind the camera, I despise more would be Damon Lindelof.

  4. I like it. I like the Rock in all that he does, except wrestling.

    • How can you not love The Rock in wrestling? WWE is what jumpstarted everything for him. He’s had many a classic moments when he was fulltime in the WWE and still has them now even though he does it parttime.

      • don’t get me wrong, I love the Rock, but I think he needs to move on from wrestling. This guy was going to be a star with or without wrestling, it just so happen that that was the vehicle that launched him to fame. When he first started out, yeah, it was funny and entertaining, now, it’s kind of silly. Why does the Rock need to wrestle? Vince McManhon needs the Rock to wrestle, the Rock doesn’t.

        • @Stark:

          Money and marketing.

          I’m sure the WWE pays Dwayne a pretty penny for his involvement and with the huge fan base the WWE has, that only helps sell tickets to his movies.

          Just think of it as diversifying his investments.

          • @bignerd

            You sir are 100% correct. But still, why risk injury, etc.? Plus, I’m sure deep down he wants to be taken seriously as an actor. IMO that’s hindered by playing around with wrestling.

            • From what I understand… Dwayne isn’t doing high-risk moves in the WWE anymore but accident can happen (although the same can be said on movie sets).

              As for being taken seriously as an actor… that’s what the WWE is… ALL acting (spoiler alert for anyone who thinks pro wrestling is real).

              I think if Dwayne ever becomes a legit A-list action star (although he’s one of the few action stars out there right now), he’ll minimize his WWE role like he has in the past.

              Which brings up the question…. who are the A-list action stars right now?

              • There are almost no A lister left. And soon there won’t be any. The star system is a dinosaur. Content is king now. The adaptations of a comics, novels, video games and reboots and sequels are more marketable now than original movies starring the biggest actors. Just look at all the new Bruce Willis movies on Netflix. The only reason they need the Rock is because the content not as widely recognized.

        • Money is the answer to your question when it comes to The Rock doing wrestling. He doesn’t have to, but I suppose he’s one of these guys that doesn’t forget where he came from and whose to say The Rock doesn’t miss that part of his acting? After all WWE is scripted entertainment and acting.

          • Should be hard for him to forget, his father and various cousins were/are wrestlers.

  5. I’ll give this a shot. Huge fan of The Rock so anything he is in I will see despite whoever else is involved. Hopefully Ratner can pull off something good for a change. Can not wait for all The Rcok’s this year. I am a gym buff so I’m really looking forward to Pain and Gain.

  6. could be good. i’ll look out for it

  7. Can’t wait to see Dwayne Johnson as Hercules! I loved him as The Scorpion King and was hoping for more of that as well, but it was not in the cards. He really fits this role as Hercules and I look forward to it! Thanks!

    • Agreed I loved him in The Scorpin King. wish they had made a sequel with him instead of the films that went straight to DVD

  8. Dwayne Johnson as anything is fine with me. We need the new breed of action stars in any movie they can unless you want to keep watching The Expendables 3, 4 and so on.

    No offense to Arnold and The Last Stand… but old is old.

    • I kind of agree, the first Expendables was a novelty and upon second viewing has some of the worst dialogue in history, that ‘il tattoo a spiderweb on your head’ scene wtf!!

      The second one just destroyed everything that was fun about the first one, replacing gore with CGI blood and some creepy romance between the old stallion and that Chinese bird, Van Damme was massively underused and all involved just seemed way out of their depth!

      The Last Stand will be make or break for Arnie, if he can’t make it work then I doubt anything else is going to work either, his acting seemed to get worse the older he got!

      Plus I clearly remember Arnie handing over the action man torch to The Rock in Welcome to the Jungle!

      • Was confused for second… “Welcome to the Jungle” was called “The Rundown” in the US.

        • ooooooooohhhh my bad!

      • After looking at The Last Stand trailer…arnold looks horribly bad. His time has passed. The only movie that will put him back in the spotlight would be The Terminator, and then you are looking at a lot of CGI to make arnold look good.

  9. I think the Rock as Conan The Barbarian would have worked MUCH better than Jason Mamoa. I know Greece is close to Africa but…The Rock as Hercules…No…I think someone similar looking to Henry Cavil(Superman) would probably made more sense.

  10. I think the Rock as Conan The Barbarian would have worked MUCH better than Jason Mamoa. I know Greece is close to Africa but…The Rock as Hercules…No…I think someone similar looking to Henry Cavil(Superman) would probably make more sense.

  11. I’m really not that much of a fan of the rock as far as an actor goes. Wrestling wise he’s the greatest when it comes 2 doing a promo on the mic ( ric flair being #1) but acting wise, -”sigh” I’ll give rock this much I’d rather watch him act in a movie than any other wrestler who tries 2 act ,especially that bigoted has been still trying 2 put the spotlight on himself hulk Hogan! Who I still believe setup that whole sex tape mess, but that’s a topic for another day.

    Rock 2 me is alright as an actor but nothing special. He probably would make a good black Adam if they ever make a captain marvel movie.

  12. Many will see the irony when I say Gerard Butler would make a great Hercules

  13. POOR RATNER…still getting slammed for X3 when the movie wasn’t his fault. I mean, Bryan splitted to do Superman Returns and we know how that turned out. Ratner came into a movie that was already in production and bascially was on a deadline to have X3 completed. X3 isn’t all bad and had some nice sequences…eventhough the entire Phoenix plot was executed horribly…no flames, no phoenix effect…if only they could have had a build up to the Hellfire Club for X3 and conclude it with X4.
    I’m willing to give Ratner a chance with Herclues, because he isn’t a bad director given the time to do a movie right. With x3, he got thrown under the bus.

    • The only Ratner movie I enjoyed that was original was After the Sunset, everything else can be buried at sea

  14. Ratner may not be the best but he sounds like a good choice for this movie, Dwayne Johnson sounds like he’ll make a good Hercules I mean what’s motto like about that?

  15. the film had my curiosity at “Dwayne Johnson”

    but then lost it at “Brett Ratner”

  16. I always thought the Rock was pretty bad in most of his rolls. Ratners movies have all been average or below. So I don’t see much hope for this movie.

    Both Ratner and Johnson have a penchant for comedy so I would say this will be a very none serious version of Hercules.

  17. I’ll give the rock a chance. I do like him and am looking forward to pain and gain. My fav movie of the rock so far has been the rundown.

  18. People need to realize that Hercules is the son of Jupiter. Heracles is the son of Zeus. Yes, different names for the same characters, but you can’t just mix and match them.

    • Then explain a whole TV series called “Hercules The Legendary Journeys”.

    • From Wikipedia: “Hercules is the Roman name for the Greek divine hero Heracles, who was the son of Zeus (Roman equivalent Jupiter)…”

  19. Not holding my breath on this movie AT ALL. It’s not that I dislike Dwayne Johnson, but I just can’t see him as Hercules – and when you put that pic of him from Scorpion King up there, that’s the only way I can imagine him in the role now.

    And Ratner, well… like lots of people have said, he’s at his best (which isn’t saying much) in action-comedy type films. If the description of the story it’s based on is anything to go by, it looks like the film wants to be more serious, epic and sophisticated than anything Ratner’s capable of.

    The only way it might, *might* work is if someone else writes a damn good script and Ratner isn’t allowed to touch it. Then maybe. But I’m not holding out.

    Heck, why didn’t they hire Zack Snyder to do this…

  20. They need tiny lester to play zeus!

  21. No one else could match the character of Hercules but Dwayne Douglas “The Rock”Johnson. Everyone knows that!!! Hercules was some every man could look up to.

  22. Greek legend also says that Hercules had a male lover.

  23. Dwayne Johnson is a terrific actor but no one can beat Kevin Sorbo as Hercules.

  24. The best Hercules ever was Steve Reeves of the 1950s big screen. I have high hopes that The Rock will sway more towards the Steve Reeves’ style rather than the “biker/hippie” version of Kevin Sorbo.
    Yes, I am a Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson fan.

  25. Zeus does not appear to be in this movie which is odd considering he is supposed to be the son of Zeus lol