News broke this morning that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has signed with MGM to star as the titular hero in director Brett Ratner’s Hercules. And with that sentence, the ultimate formula for cinematic mediocrity was finally achieved.
Yes, that’s right—the ultimate director of bland, faceless mainstream films utterly devoid of personality or directorial signature, Brett Ratner, is helming a film about Hercules starring Dwayne Johnson, an actor who has been featured in such cinematic achievements as the fifth Fast and Furious film, a G.I. Joe sequel, a The Mummy sequel and spin-off, and failed video game adaptation Doom. Yes, surely this interlocking combination of cinema gold will take the box office by storm.
Johnson had been in talks for two weeks to nab the action film role. The film is an adaptation of Steve Moore’s 2008 Hercules: The Thracian War graphic novel.
Perhaps Hercules will be a bit of a comeback for Ratner, whose last film, Tower Heist, underperformed; in addition, Ratner was pulled from producing the 2012 Academy Awards due to his usage of a slur against the homosexual community. Or, it will simply be yet another in a long string of studio-mandated faceless Ratner product designed to recoup its budget in the overseas markets and further the decline of moviemaking as an art form. Either way.
What do you think of the Hercules news?