Earlier this year, it was reported that Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson finalized his deal to take on the lead role in Brett Ratner's Hercules project, now it looks like the deal has been finalized for a second time?! The internet is a mad beast. I'm not even sure why this story is news today, because it was news back in March.
Oh well, it's being reported once again just for the hell of it. I guess it's a reminder to let you know again that Johnson will be playing Hercules in what I'm sure will turn out to be a terrible film -- especially with Ratner at the helm.
The movie is based on the Hercules comic books published by Radical Publishing. There were two series; The Thracian Wars and The Knives of Kush, written by Steve Moore with art by Cris Bolsin. Here's the description of The Thracian Wars, which is the series the movie will be based on:
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?!
I don't know about you, but I'm more excited to see Arnold Schwarzenegger reprise his role as Conan! What do you think about Johnson playing Hercules for Ratner? Do you think there's a chance it will be a good film?
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