Renny Harlin’s upcoming “Hercules 3D” is not to be confused with the Brett Ratner-Dwayne Johnson version of the legendary Greek character, despite the fact that both films are essentially going to be called “Hercules”.
This one, er, has “3D” officially in the title.
Harlin, who has been doing a lot of moderately budgeted films (and some direct-to-DVD ones, like the recent “5 Days of War” with Val Kilmer) since “Die Hard 2”, “The Long Kiss Goodnight” and “Deep Blue Sea”, will direct the $70 million dollar budgeted film for Millennium Films. “Hercules 3D” is currently casting its leads, and plans to have the movie in theaters by March of next year, which would beat out Ratner’s Hercules movie by over 4 months.
On his version of Herc and the Ratner take, Harlin tells THR:
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.
I’m sure he meant that last part.
Sean Hood and Hanna Weg wrote the script, described as a “revisionist” take on the Greek hero, and according to Harlin, “Hercules 3D” won’t have any of those “comic book, cartoony fantasy things” and will instead be “closer to Gladiator than flying horses.”
That last part is a dig on the “Clash of the Titans” movies, I’m guessing.
In any case, let’s see who they get to play Herc. Ratner may be Ratner, but he got Dwayne Johnson, who looked like he was born to play a musclebound hero. Harlin is going to need someone just as intimidating unless the plan is to go the complete opposite, which is unlikely.