In 2014, “Hercules” fans are going to have the chance to see two new releases pertaining to the mythological character. “Hercules 3D” and “Hercules: The Thracian Wars” are heading to theaters.
Brett Ratner will be helming “Hercules: The Thracian Wars,” set for a July 25, 2014 release date. The film will star Dwayne Johnson and is based on the comic book.
The plot of “Hercules: The Thracian Wars” is based on the character Hercules, the powerful son of Zeus. After the loss of his family, Hercules turns his back on the Gods and finds his solace in bloody battle.
Over years of time, he warms up to six similar characters, with their only bond being the love of fight and the presence of death. When the King of Thrace hires the mercenaries to train his own men to become the best army of all time, it’s time for the group of fighting lost souls to have their eyes opened as to how far they’ve fallen from humanity.
“Hercules 3D” has been in development since 2007. Hanna Weg and Susan Hood (Conan the Barbarian) are writing up a script with a “revisionist tale of the classic Greek myth.” Renny Harlin will be director and the cast, he claims, is “strong.”
Harlin states this about his film:
It’s not a comic book, cartoony fantasy thing. It’s closer to “Gladiator” than flying horses. I think these are very different kinds of movies in their approach to this legendary character. Obviously, Hercules has been portrayed in many different films, such as the Disney animated movie. I wish them luck. Ancient Greek mythology is an endless source of good stories. Let’s see both movies be successful.
The Finnish director has pumped out adrenaline-fueled films such as “Die Hard 2,” “Cliffhanger,” and “Cutthroat Island.” He also delivered a few failures but brought breath back into his career with “The Covenant and Exorcist: The Beginning,” and episodes of “Burn Notice” and “Covert Affairs.”
“Hercules” will be his reprise to filmmaking, which is his passion and something he’s wanted to do for a while.
Ratner’s version of the story of “Hercules” comes from a popular base – from the comic books – and Johnson starring as Hercules doesn’t hurt either.
"Hercules: The Thracian Wars" will be released in theaters July 25, 2014.
"Hercules 3D" will be released March 1, 2014. Both dates are subject to change. Changes will be updated.
Which Hercules film would you be more interested in watching?