Earlier this year it was revealed that Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson was in talks to star in a new, big screen Hercules movie. But the instant joy at picturing a movie about the mythical muscleman played by one of the coolest musclemen on the planet was tempered a bit by the other half of the news story: Brett Ratner would be directing it.
However there hasn't been any visible movement on the film since then, and it seemed to have taken a backburner to even bigger news for the Rock, like his rumored interest in headlining a Lobo movie, and the whole G.I. Joe: Retaliation reshoot debacle. But now a fire has been lit under the project, and Variety has just broken news on Twitter that Paramount and MGM will jointly produce the film.
The film is an adaptation of the graphic novel Hercules: The Thracian War, and was scripted by Ryan Condol. Here's the description of the book from Amazon:
Nearly 3,200 years ago, a tormented soul walked the Earth as neither man nor god: Hercules, powerful son of the god-king Zeus, and for this he received nothing but suffering. After 12 arduous labors and the loss of his family, this dark, world-weary soul turned his back on the gods, finding solace only in bloody battle. Over the years, he warmed to the company of six similar souls, bonded by their love of fighting and the presence of death never questioning where they go or who they fight, just how much they will be paid. Now the King of Thrace has hired these mercenaries to turn his men into the greatest army of all time, which means training them to be as bloodthirsty and ruthless as their own reputation. It is time for this band of lost souls to finally have their eyes opened to how far they have fallen and the narrow, perilous path to their own redemption.
So it sounds like an ensemble action story about Hercules' not-so-merry band of murderous men, which further sounds like a movie we'd happily watch. The question is, will the studio let the film go the R-rated route? Or will they go Brett Ratner's normal, PG-13 route? Either way, we're interested in the project purely on The Rock's involvement. Ratner...PG-13...doesn't matter. We'll watch The Rock in anything, and it certainly seems like Paramount and MGM are betting a whole lot of other people feel the same way.