It’s a mystery why someone hasn’t shelled out the big bucks to make a gritty version of the Hercules mythos yet. Oh sure, there have been a ton of movies and even a TV series that were more camp and schlock than anything. But let’s face it, a Hercules movies, if done right, could be so cool. Apparently the folks over at Millennium Films agrees, because Variety reports they are already moving forward on a Hercules feature film, and a script has even been written. That’s the good news; the bad news is that the script is by Sean Hood, who has worked on “Hypercube” (a pretty good movie), “Halloween: Resurrection” (not so much), and “The Crow: Wicked Prayer” (horrid). So am I optimistic this thing is going to turn out good? Um, not really.
More about Hercules via Wikipedia:
Hercules is the Roman name for the mythical Greek hero Heracles, son of Zeus and the mortal Alcmena. He was made to perform twelve great tasks, because he became temporarily insane, and killed his brother. He had to perform these tasks The Twelve Labours of Hercules, to cleanse himself.
Yeah, killing your brother is never a good thing, half-God or not.
Of course it’s mentioned in the Variety article that ancient epics are in with the success of “300”, paving the way for Hercules. Basically nowadays all you have to do to get a movie greenlit is to compare it to “300”.
The comic book version of Hercules. Funky headgear not included.