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



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  • WingCm

    Not a bad comic book. Even if it’s not a great movie, it should have some sweet fights.

    I wonder who will be playing Hercules’ sidekicks.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      Just raid the cast of Spartacus!

  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

    I look forward to this. i kinda figured it would happen since the comic actually came out a while back. This should be a lot of fun, and hopefully better than the Conan reboot which had so much potential, but what do you expect when the script is split between 4 writers. Definitely needs the Hard R like Conan though.

  • Juggernaut

    I’ll check this one out but I’m still holding out for a Marvel Studios Hercules film!!!

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      That’d be interesting to say the least. Who would you get to play him?

      • Juggernaut

        Kevin Durand is the first to come to mind.

        • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

          Not a bad choice. I like him.

          • Juggernaut

            Joe Manganiello would also be a good pick.

          • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

            YES INDEED!!!

          • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

            Shave his beard he’d be a decent Batman/Bruce Wayne too.

          • Logan

            Manu Bennett …

          • Juggernaut

            Also a really decent choice! I had him both him and Joe Mangiello cast in my treatment for aMarvel produced X-Men franchise. Bennet as Unus The Untouchable and Mangianello as Collossus. Tamoah Pennekett is another choice for Hercules. Come to think of it he’d be a nice fit for Batman/Bruce Wayne and Unus too. LOL.

          • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

            Manu Bennet would rock the part of Herc! Penneket would be good as Bats/Bruce. He’s not a big enough name so they’d have to build a cast around him, surround him with a great supporting cast and villains.