Sure, every critic in the world seems to have hated the second half of Peter Berg’s “Hancock”, but blame that on the script instead of my main man Petey. I still think this guy has got great potential behind him, and I’m looking forward to his “Dune” remake like a fat kid looks forward to cake. And you know how fat kids love cake. Berg’s latest venture into fantasyland is to produce and direct a movie version of Radical Publishing’s “Hercules: The Thracian Wars” comic books. Yes, that’s right, another comic book becomes a movie. Hollywood should just change its name to ComicBookLand and be done with it.
Fourteen hundred years ago, a tormented soul walked the earth that was neither man nor god. Hercules was the powerful son of the god king Zeus, for this he 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 presence of death. These men and woman never question where they go to fight or why or whom, just how much they will be paid. Now the King of Thrace has hired these mercenaries to train his men to become the greatest army of all time. It is time for this bunch of lost souls to finally have their eyes opened to how far they have fallen when they must train an army to become as ruthless and blood thirsty as their reputation has become.
This version of Hercules has nothing to do with the Millennium Films version that is also being developed. (Read about that here.) Although considering that we haven’t seen much from that Hercules since it was announced last year, maybe it’s dead in the waters. Berg’s version has money from Spyglass and Universal.
The original “Hercules: The Thracian Wars” comics was written by Steve Moore and drawn by Admira Wijaya. The cover of Issue #1 below.