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Brett Ratner and Dwayne Johnson began filming Hercules today

Jun. 10, 2013by: Alex Maidy

In the annals of competing studio projects there has never been quite as odd a match-up as the one between the two HERCULES films that are coming soon. On one hand, you have Renny Harlin directing a 3D film about the Greek myth, but that one is starring Kellen Lutz. On the other hand, you have badass Dwayne Johnson starring in a more unique take on the character, but that one is directed by Brett Ratner.

While the Ridley Scott HERCULES still is in pre-production, Ratner and Johnson began filming their version today in Budapest, Hungary. Going by the title HERCULES, the film is based on the graphic novel HERCULES: THE THRACIAN WARS and tells an original story about the hero not found in any of the classics:

Everyone knows the legend of Hercules and his twelve labors. Our story begins after the labors, and after the legend Haunted by a sin from his past, Hercules has become a mercenary. Along with five faithful companions, he travels ancient Greece selling his services for gold and using his legendary reputation to intimidate enemies. But when the benevolent ruler of Thrace and his daughter seek Hercules' help to defeat a savage and terrifying warlord, Hercules finds that in order for good to triumph and justice to prevail... he must again become the hero he once was... he must embrace his own myth... he must be Hercules.

I like that this will not be the same old HERCULES we have seen countless times before. Stripping out the supernatural elements, a gritty take on the legend sounds like a great idea. But, there are two things that concern me: Ratner is a shit director and, well, THE SCORPION KING. Dwayne Johnson is one of the most likeable actors working today but I cannot shake his MUMMY spin-off from my mind when I think about HERCULES.

Maybe the supporting cast can help: Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Joseph Fiennes, Peter Mullan and John Hurt. That is a damn fine cast and should make for a cool movie, but then again PRINCE OF PERSIA: THE SANDS OF TIME had a good cast and that was a pile of shit. I will keep an open mind on this film because of Johnson and the supporting cast, but I am not optimistic about this being the better of the two HERCULES films.

Brett Ratner's HERCULES is slated to open on July 25, 2014.

Extra Tidbit: From the producers of BATTLESHIP, OBLIVION, and HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS. Uh oh...
Source: Paramount

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4:29PM on 06/11/2013

Love Rock, Hate Ratner.

Brett Ratner embodies every single thing that is wrong with modern Hollywood. His corpulent frame holds within it the spirit of every talentless, fame-whoring, oddly egotistical, slimy, schmoozing greaseball scumbag that ever got off a bus in L.A.He is utterly soulless.

The Rock is great, but I can't root for anyone that is helping anything Ratner does become a hit.
Brett Ratner embodies every single thing that is wrong with modern Hollywood. His corpulent frame holds within it the spirit of every talentless, fame-whoring, oddly egotistical, slimy, schmoozing greaseball scumbag that ever got off a bus in L.A.He is utterly soulless.

The Rock is great, but I can't root for anyone that is helping anything Ratner does become a hit.
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8:04AM on 06/11/2013
I hope Brett Ratner tweets the box office numbers of Hercules when he doesn't have a franchise like X-Men built up for him.
I hope Brett Ratner tweets the box office numbers of Hercules when he doesn't have a franchise like X-Men built up for him.
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6:49AM on 06/11/2013

jesus christ

its not just Ratner. i mean, the synopsis sounds worse than cookie cutter. i mean, tortured hero (though not so tortured he does have a half dozen, likely very divergent pals, one super serious and one comic relief at least, hanging around) loses his way and finds it with the help of a totally single, hot ass, pure princess and her crusty old dad, asking him to save the kingdom. sounds like...wait for it...Conan the Destroyer! and now lets give that shit sandwich to an even shittier Ratner.
its not just Ratner. i mean, the synopsis sounds worse than cookie cutter. i mean, tortured hero (though not so tortured he does have a half dozen, likely very divergent pals, one super serious and one comic relief at least, hanging around) loses his way and finds it with the help of a totally single, hot ass, pure princess and her crusty old dad, asking him to save the kingdom. sounds like...wait for it...Conan the Destroyer! and now lets give that shit sandwich to an even shittier Ratner. Recipe for disaster. i love the Rock but this is more likely a setback.
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1:07AM on 06/11/2013

C'mon Joblo...

What kind of half-assed writing is this? First, with the typos, and now with misquotes. Sir Ridley Scott directing Kellan Lutz in Hercules 3D? Did that even feel right while typing it?
What kind of half-assed writing is this? First, with the typos, and now with misquotes. Sir Ridley Scott directing Kellan Lutz in Hercules 3D? Did that even feel right while typing it?
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12:49AM on 06/11/2013

Ridley Scott

Thanks for my giving my first wake up laugh! :-)
Thanks for my giving my first wake up laugh! :-)
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11:11PM on 06/10/2013
This will apparently keep him from appearing in Fast 7. For shame.
This will apparently keep him from appearing in Fast 7. For shame.
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7:03PM on 06/10/2013

Renny Harlin?

I thought Renny Harlin, the once decent director of Die Hard 2: Die Harder and Cliffhanger, is directing the Lutz starring Hercules?

Or did I miss a joke? If I did, my apologies!
I thought Renny Harlin, the once decent director of Die Hard 2: Die Harder and Cliffhanger, is directing the Lutz starring Hercules?

Or did I miss a joke? If I did, my apologies!
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5:50PM on 06/10/2013
Brett Ratner is the one director I can agree deserves the hatred he gets. Other than the Rush Hour movies he is a mediocre director & a straight up douche. It sucks the Rock has to make this movie, because I have no interest in it one bit. I just hope it doesn't keep him from doing Fast & Furious 7.
Brett Ratner is the one director I can agree deserves the hatred he gets. Other than the Rush Hour movies he is a mediocre director & a straight up douche. It sucks the Rock has to make this movie, because I have no interest in it one bit. I just hope it doesn't keep him from doing Fast & Furious 7.
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5:16PM on 06/10/2013
Hercules was a mild-mannered mercenary for hire... UNTIL ONE DAY... *record scratch*
Hercules was a mild-mannered mercenary for hire... UNTIL ONE DAY... *record scratch*
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4:21PM on 06/10/2013
Rufus Sewell is the kiss of death for any movie other than Dark City or Illusionist....Not that Ratner wasn't already a kiss of death enough....
Rufus Sewell is the kiss of death for any movie other than Dark City or Illusionist....Not that Ratner wasn't already a kiss of death enough....
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4:12PM on 06/10/2013

I want what Stratburat wants...

...and Ratner absolutely will NOT be the answer.
...and Ratner absolutely will NOT be the answer.
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3:59PM on 06/10/2013
"On one hand, you have Sir Ridley Scott directing a 3D film about the Greek myth, but that one is starring Kellen Lutz"

Uh, yeah, Ridley Scott, the visionary director of Twelve Rounds and The Covenant, sure is directing Lutz in Hercules.
"On one hand, you have Sir Ridley Scott directing a 3D film about the Greek myth, but that one is starring Kellen Lutz"

Uh, yeah, Ridley Scott, the visionary director of Twelve Rounds and The Covenant, sure is directing Lutz in Hercules.
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3:51PM on 06/10/2013

I want Dwayne Johnson to find his CONAN THE BARBARIAN

as in the movie that turns him into the A list action star we all know he can be. He's got the chops, the muscles and the charisma, eh just needs the right role and the right director. I'm hopeful but I don't think Brett Ratner's that director.
as in the movie that turns him into the A list action star we all know he can be. He's got the chops, the muscles and the charisma, eh just needs the right role and the right director. I'm hopeful but I don't think Brett Ratner's that director.
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8:17PM on 06/10/2013
The Rock isn't an A List star??!! Are you kidding me??
The Rock isn't an A List star??!! Are you kidding me??
7:48AM on 06/11/2013
He said "turn him into the A list action hero". Not in this life time buddy.
He said "turn him into the A list action hero". Not in this life time buddy.
8:13AM on 06/11/2013
I respectfully disagree. No one else has had a year at the box office this year like Rock has. He has a good number of high profile projects coming and he is highly in demand. Sounds like an A list star to me.
I respectfully disagree. No one else has had a year at the box office this year like Rock has. He has a good number of high profile projects coming and he is highly in demand. Sounds like an A list star to me.
3:45PM on 06/10/2013

Needs power!

I want a Hercules movie where he IS powerful. I want him to punch someone and they die. He is treated like a normal guy in most shows. Kind of like underpowered superman in most movies and shows.
I want a Hercules movie where he IS powerful. I want him to punch someone and they die. He is treated like a normal guy in most shows. Kind of like underpowered superman in most movies and shows.
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