Dwayne Johnson already has a packed 2012 with Michael Bay’s Pain and Gain and Fast and the Furious 5 both shooting over the upcoming months. Johnson likes the keep the projects coming though, and according to Variety the actor has entered negotiations with MGM to star in Hercules, which will be directed by Brett Ratner (Tower Heist, X-Men 3).
The movie will be based on the comic books by Radical Publishing. There are two in the series, The Thracian Wars and The Knives of Kush, and a description of the first one can be read below:
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?!
We first heard about Hercules way back in 2008 when Peter Berg (Hancock, Battleship) was attached to direct, but Berg will now serve as a producer. Ryan Condol adapted the script.
While i’m sure many would prefer a director in charge, Ratner has directed more serious movies over the years such as 2002’s Red Dragon and his latest effort, Tower Heist, received mostly positive reviews. The Rush Hour director is hit and miss, but with a decent script and Dwayne Johnson as his lead Ratner may be able to make a Hercules movie worth seeing.