Hollywood loves competition, and they don’t call it high school with money for no reason. Each time one studio buys the rights to some New York Times best seller, another studio does the same. And when someone decides to do a movie about an iconic character, like say Snow White, another studio executive decides to seize the opportunity. MGM and Paramount are currently developing a Hercules movie with Brett Ratner, slated for Summer 2014, and Millennium has just announced that they too will release a project about the demigod next year.
Last November MGM/Paramount announced that Dwayne Johnson as their Hercules. They also said that production on the project would start early this year in order to make the August 8th, 2014 deadline. Millennium is trying to beat that date by setting their release in March 2014. Michael Bay-type director Renny Harlin will be at the helm, and it’ll be in 3D.
No stars are yet attached to Harlin’s $70 million project, but it’s being said that there are eight leading roles which will be cast in the coming weeks. The film has been in development since 2007, and at one point Ratner was actually attached to direct (which must mean he really wants to make a movie about this guy). The project failed and Ratner moved his idea over to MGM/Paramount.
Ratner’s version is based on Steve Moore’s graphic novel Hercules: The Thracian Wars.
Harlin’s project, written by Sean Hood and Hanna Weg, is being described as “a revisionist take on the classic myth.” Harling told THR that the film is not some “comic book, cartoony fantasy thing,” but closer to Gladiator. Harlin believes that both his and Ratner’s movie can be successful. He said:
“I think these are very different kinds of movies in their approach to this legendary character. Obviously Hercules has been portrayed in many different films, such as the Disney animated movie. I wish them luck. Ancient Greek mythology is an endless source of good stories… Let’s see both movie be successful.”
Production on Hercules 3D will begin this Spring in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Harlin’s last picture 5 Days of War was a small-budget film about the 2008 South Ossentia war. It wasn’t his best work, but he was able to make the film look good with the little amount of money he was given. There’s no doubt that Harlin can deliver a profitable Hercules. He’s done it before… but will it be any good?
Which Hercules movie are you most interested in?