Last we heard, Fanboy favorite (heh heh) Brett Ratner had his eye on directing a remake of “Hercules”, based on the more traditional version of the character. (Or as “traditional” as you can get with today’s Hollywood post-“300”, anyway.) That’s apparently gone by the wayside, and Ratner is instead now eyeing Radical Comics’ new version of the character via their “Hercules: The Thracian Wars” series.
Here’s the plot of the comics:
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?!
Rumor has Ratner being “in negotiations” to direct the Steve Moore comic book serires, but your guess is as good as mine if it’ll come to pass. Screenwriter Ryan Condal recently took a past at the script.