Not content to keep busting heads in Fast and the Furious movies, WWE star and walking bundle of charisma Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has signed on to star in a film adaptation of Steve Moore’s comic “Hercules: The Thracian Wars” for Paramount and MGM under “Rush Hour” and “X-men: The Last Stand” director Brett Ratner. (Get more deets on the “Hercules” movie at MTV Movies blog)
According to Radical Studios, production is set to being early in 2013, based on a script from Ryan Condal (whose only credit right now is a 2012 short called “Plurality”).
No other cast has been announced, but the presence of The Rock could be a good thing. He had fun going the sword and sandals route with The Scorpion King, even if that movie wasn’t especially great. If this movie took off, this could be the chance for the actor to find the franchise he’s been chasing for a while now, with a series of fun roles in a slew of one-off action movies, but no one seems to be talking about making a sequel to “The Rundown” (and the world is lesser for it).
And based on the kinds of movies Brett Ratner makes, we can probably expect this to be more silly, rousing adventure than the kind of grim-serious movie that 300 and Immortals were. Of course, that’s just a guess and Ratner may have since fallen in love with speed ramping and oiled-up abs.
Here’s the synopsis of Moore’s “The Thracian Wars” which presents a down-on-his-luck Hercules looking for a last shot at redemption:
When the Thracian King summons the Greek hero and his six battle-worn companions to mold the Thracian army into a bloodthirsty, ruthless killing machine, the Son of Zeus rushes to answer the call of war and gold. But within the nation of Thrace lies an epic tale of war, murder, deception, and sacrifice that shows Hercules how far from grace he’s fallen- and what he must do to earn redemption.
So what do you think? Are you looking forward to The Rock donning the legendary hero’s sandals and kicking butt throughout Ancient Greece?
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