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Director Renny Harlin to tackle Hercules 3D; now competing with Brett Ratner's film

Feb. 4, 2013by: Paul Shirey

Director Renny Harlin, once one of the top action directors of his day (CLIFFHANGER, DIE HARD 2, THE LONG KISS GOODNIGHT) has had a bumpy go in the last decade or so, although he's worked steadily during that time.  Unfortunately, it's mostly been direct-to-video material or TV work, keeping the bombasitc, slow-motion macho action at bay in favor of more commercial and uninspired fare.  However, Harlin has just secured the gig to helm HERCULES 3D for Millenium, a $70 million-budgeted epic, which is gearing up for a May start with an eye towards beating director Brett Ratner's competing HERCULES project starring Dwayne Johnson to the theater by five months. 

Millenium's HERCULES 3D project has been in development since 2007 and is now ready to go, with the film expected to cast it's 8 leading roles within the next few weeks. In terms of competing with Ratner's film, which is based on a comic book, Harlin had this to say, "It's not a comic book, cartoony fantasy thing. It's closer to GLADIATOR than flying horses.”

He went on to say that there was plenty of room for both filmmakers to explore the character, saying, "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 movies be successful."

No word on story details, only that it is a revisionist take on the classic mythology, which could be anything, really.  Harlin has been a champ throughout the years, though, and worked steadily to get back to his former glory, even if it hasn't been the same kind of success he enjoyed in the '90's. "I'm so excited and feel very blessed," he says. "I've been working really hard, and it's starting to pay off."

Harlin's next film, THE DYATLOV PASS INCIDENT, a foreign-language, horror-inspired "retelling" of a true-life incident is set to debut in overseas venues later this month.  HERCULES 3D is currently slated for March 2014.

Here's the trailer for Harlin's latest, THE DYATLOV PASS INCIDENT:

Extra Tidbit: Does Harlin have it in him to recapture his former glory? I think so. If John Woo can't direct The Expendables 3, I think Harlin would be a great choice to take the reins.

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5:31PM on 02/04/2013
How about that, I was just watching Die Hard 2 last night and wondering where Renny had gone. I think calling him one of the top action directors might be stretching it. Over his career, he's made mostly bad movies or mediocre ones. The only movie I can think of off his resume that is notable is Die Hard 2.
How about that, I was just watching Die Hard 2 last night and wondering where Renny had gone. I think calling him one of the top action directors might be stretching it. Over his career, he's made mostly bad movies or mediocre ones. The only movie I can think of off his resume that is notable is Die Hard 2.
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3:36PM on 02/04/2013
Hercules? why don't they call it what it really seems like.... "Immortals 2: the Sequel Nobody Asked For"
Hercules? why don't they call it what it really seems like.... "Immortals 2: the Sequel Nobody Asked For"
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1:23PM on 02/04/2013
Hercules 3D does not look good for three reasons. One, Hercules 3D races to beat its competition Ratner's Hercules to the box office. Millenium's Hercules is not designed to surpass its predecessor. Rather, it is the first of two Hercules movies likely to be of poor quality. Two, Harlen does not want a superheroic Hercules. But, Renny, that Herc is the one fans know, like, and anticipate. Three, Hercules 3D is in 3D to increase ticket prices and to champion (possibly) style over substance. We
Hercules 3D does not look good for three reasons. One, Hercules 3D races to beat its competition Ratner's Hercules to the box office. Millenium's Hercules is not designed to surpass its predecessor. Rather, it is the first of two Hercules movies likely to be of poor quality. Two, Harlen does not want a superheroic Hercules. But, Renny, that Herc is the one fans know, like, and anticipate. Three, Hercules 3D is in 3D to increase ticket prices and to champion (possibly) style over substance. We action/fantasy fans have sigsn that this upcoming project is not very good.
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