The Rock’s Hercules Gets an Official Release Date

Dwayne Johnson in The Scorpion King (2002) Movie ImageGo figure. That Hercules movie starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and directed by Brett Ratner? It’s actually going to get made. I didn’t think it would ever actually get made, but turns out I was wrong. (Hey, it happens.)

Paramount has officially handed “Hercules” a August 8, 2014 release date, which would put it a week after Marvel’s “Guardians Of The Galaxy” by director James Gunn in case you’re keeping track at home.

“Hercules” will be based on the Radical comic book limited series “Hercules: The Thracian Wars” by Steve Moore and Admira Wijaya, which posits Herc as a mercenary who goes to Thrace to teach them to fight, only to end up fighting them himself. I guess being Hercules means never needing job security.

Or, as the official description of the books puts it:

Nearly 3,200 years ago, a tormented soul walked the Earth as neither man nor god: Hercules, powerful son of the god-king Zeus, and for this he received nothing but suffering. After 12 arduous labors and the loss of his family, this dark, world-weary soul turned his back on the gods, finding solace only in bloody battle. Over the years, he warmed to the company of six similar souls, bonded by their love of fighting and the presence of death – never questioning where they go or who they fight, just how much they will be paid. Now the King of Thrace has hired these mercenaries to turn his men into the greatest army of all time, which means training them to be as bloodthirsty and ruthless as their own reputation. It is time for this band of lost souls to finally have their eyes opened to how far they have fallen – and the narrow, perilous path to their own redemption.

I seem to recall it being a pretty bloody tale, with all manner of hacking and skull crushing and such.

If Ratner and The Rock goes “R” with it, it should be fun times. Of course, they could always go “PG-13″ with it like The Rock’s “The Scorpion King”. Don’t get me wrong, that wasn’t an entirely bad film, especially for The Rock’s first real big leading man role, but it could have been so much better…

Hercules The Thracian Wars Comic Book Cover

Via : Deadline