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Will Brett Ratner be making a Hercules movie?

Jul. 15, 2010by: George Merchan

You may recall that director Brett Ratner (RUSH HOUR 3, X-MEN: THE LAST STAND) was once attached to direct CONAN before it eventually went to PATHFINDER director Marcus Nispel. His name was also being kicked around for GOD OF WAR, an adaptation of the popular PlayStation video game. And now, LA Times' 24 Frames is reporting that Ratner is in talks to direct producer Avi Lerner's long developed HERCULES project.

Conclusion: Brett Ratner really wants to make a movie with a buff and shirtless man.

"Little is known about the specifics of the new version, though it's expected to bring Lerner's classic action ethos to the larger-than-life character."

As you can tell, the Times doesn't really have much to add, though they do posit that swords-and-sandals movies are making a big comeback thanks to the success overseas of films like CLASH OF THE TITANS and PRINCE OF PERSIA. Hey, I'm a huge swords-and-sandals movie fan, but if they're going to even remotely follow the models set by either of those two films, then they can f*ck right off. What do you guys think? Am I being too critical? I'd love to see a good, old fashioned take on the popular demigod. I'm just pretty sure Ratner's not the guy to do that.
Extra Tidbit: God, could I have found a worse picture of Hercules?

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10:50PM on 07/15/2010
at least its not Uwe Boll
at least its not Uwe Boll
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7:22PM on 07/15/2010
Ratner should go back to MTV.
Ratner should go back to MTV.
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1:53PM on 07/15/2010
Why is this ass clown still being allowed behind a camera?
Why is this ass clown still being allowed behind a camera?
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1:50PM on 07/15/2010
For those of you who who haven't posted this as a bad idea. Let me reiterate something.

He made X-men 3: Last Stand.

Once again.

HE MADE X-MEN 3: LAST STAND
For those of you who who haven't posted this as a bad idea. Let me reiterate something.

He made X-men 3: Last Stand.

Once again.

HE MADE X-MEN 3: LAST STAND
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1:51PM on 07/15/2010
Between ruining franchises and perpetuating horrible ones, my faith in this guy as a director is negligible at best.
Between ruining franchises and perpetuating horrible ones, my faith in this guy as a director is negligible at best.
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12:54PM on 07/15/2010
He'll cast Chris Tucker for the lead.
He'll cast Chris Tucker for the lead.
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12:44PM on 07/15/2010
Does we really need a Hercules movie??And that too directed by Ratner????
Does we really need a Hercules movie??And that too directed by Ratner????
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11:47AM on 07/15/2010
He's really not as terrible of a director as we like to make fun of him for...but he's such a goddamn loser. News flash, Ratner: No one gives a shit what movie you're doing next, so stop talking out of your ass.
He's really not as terrible of a director as we like to make fun of him for...but he's such a goddamn loser. News flash, Ratner: No one gives a shit what movie you're doing next, so stop talking out of your ass.
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11:29AM on 07/15/2010

That boulder is too large . . .

I could lift a smaller one.
I could lift a smaller one.
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1:33PM on 07/15/2010
That made my day. Thank you.
That made my day. Thank you.
11:03AM on 07/15/2010

who cares? i'm never seeing anything this retard does anyway.

he could make a porno where jessica alba and jessica beil get it on and i wouldn't be interested.



ok... i take it back.
he could make a porno where jessica alba and jessica beil get it on and i wouldn't be interested.



ok... i take it back.
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9:38AM on 07/15/2010
This dufus shouldn't be allowed to direct anything besides direct to dvd movies and rap videos.
This dufus shouldn't be allowed to direct anything besides direct to dvd movies and rap videos.
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8:30AM on 07/15/2010

This guy is such a waste of oxygen

Seriously... I mean if you're going to pick a project to work on, produce, write, direct---THEN STICK WITH IT, NUMBNUTS! Don't just wade around in the water. I pray you NEVER get your hands on "God of War" because of how indecisive you are. You want to make a no-name, [link] superhero film? Then, go do it, but seriously stop wasting people's time with, "Oh, I'll pick this as my next movie" but you don't do anything.

You're a hack, sir. A big hack.
Seriously... I mean if you're going to pick a project to work on, produce, write, direct---THEN STICK WITH IT, NUMBNUTS! Don't just wade around in the water. I pray you NEVER get your hands on "God of War" because of how indecisive you are. You want to make a no-name, [link] superhero film? Then, go do it, but seriously stop wasting people's time with, "Oh, I'll pick this as my next movie" but you don't do anything.

You're a hack, sir. A big hack.
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8:20AM on 07/15/2010
...and now that I've actually READ the article, I can say in all honesty that, yes, indeed...

THIS IS A BAD, BAD, BAD IDEA.
...and now that I've actually READ the article, I can say in all honesty that, yes, indeed...

THIS IS A BAD, BAD, BAD IDEA.
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8:19AM on 07/15/2010
I'm shaking my head as I type this. I haven't even read the article. Because any sentence that includes "Brett Ratner" and a word such as "making," "directing,' or otherwise hinting some kind of involvement in something this side of RUSH HOUR is a bad, bad, bad idea.
I'm shaking my head as I type this. I haven't even read the article. Because any sentence that includes "Brett Ratner" and a word such as "making," "directing,' or otherwise hinting some kind of involvement in something this side of RUSH HOUR is a bad, bad, bad idea.
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6:24AM on 07/15/2010
Not the worse idea for a film,the Myths are some great stories.But with Ratner's name involved people will hate the idea,if Jackson or Nolan's names were mentioned would there be such a negative reaction.
Not the worse idea for a film,the Myths are some great stories.But with Ratner's name involved people will hate the idea,if Jackson or Nolan's names were mentioned would there be such a negative reaction.
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6:53AM on 07/15/2010
You know damn well they wouldn't cause lately people have been nothing but fuel for hype machines.
You know damn well they wouldn't cause lately people have been nothing but fuel for hype machines.
6:07AM on 07/15/2010
Who gives a flying fuck. They should have made this movie back in 97 when Kevin Sorbo was still hercules, at least that had a fan base, I know I used to watch it right along with Xena and The lost world. Hercules is so out of touch right now that it would take a miracle to bring it back to popular level and Bret Ratner can not pull that off. Prince of Persia wasn't a bad film to me, you'd really have to play the video game to appreciate it.
Who gives a flying fuck. They should have made this movie back in 97 when Kevin Sorbo was still hercules, at least that had a fan base, I know I used to watch it right along with Xena and The lost world. Hercules is so out of touch right now that it would take a miracle to bring it back to popular level and Bret Ratner can not pull that off. Prince of Persia wasn't a bad film to me, you'd really have to play the video game to appreciate it.
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6:03AM on 07/15/2010
Who gives a flying fuck. They should have made this movie back in 97 when Kevin Sorbo was still hercules, at least that had a fan base, I know I used to watch it right along with Xena and The lost world. Hercules is so out of touch right now that it would take a miracle to bring it back to popular level and Bret Ratner can not pull that off. Prince of Persia wasn't a bad film to me, you'd really have to play the video game to appreciate it.
Who gives a flying fuck. They should have made this movie back in 97 when Kevin Sorbo was still hercules, at least that had a fan base, I know I used to watch it right along with Xena and The lost world. Hercules is so out of touch right now that it would take a miracle to bring it back to popular level and Bret Ratner can not pull that off. Prince of Persia wasn't a bad film to me, you'd really have to play the video game to appreciate it.
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5:32AM on 07/15/2010

Brett Ratner = monkey nuts.

Bret Ratner is neauseating. He makes shitty flicks but always keeps looking for bigger sources of inspiration. Hercules, Conan, and my all-time fave videogame, God Of War. Someone please, install security systems in studios that send heatseekers at anything that even resembles Brett Ratner. That way we'll be safe from the so-called "projects" this hack has to "offer".
Bret Ratner is neauseating. He makes shitty flicks but always keeps looking for bigger sources of inspiration. Hercules, Conan, and my all-time fave videogame, God Of War. Someone please, install security systems in studios that send heatseekers at anything that even resembles Brett Ratner. That way we'll be safe from the so-called "projects" this hack has to "offer".
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6:07AM on 07/15/2010
How do you feel about Guilermo del toro and Steven Spielburg for God Of War or better yet Guilermo del toro and Robert Rodriguez?
How do you feel about Guilermo del toro and Steven Spielburg for God Of War or better yet Guilermo del toro and Robert Rodriguez?
7:20AM on 07/15/2010
I adore the some of the work by those directors, but to be honest, I don't want to see a God Of War movie get made. In order for it to be good, it needs to be pure, unfiltered, and without compromise. That's never going to happen. I'd hate to see Kratos dish-out half-baked violence in a PG13 flick. The games are awesome on their own. They're epic and cinematic all the same. I say leave them be, don't tarnish their reputation on screen by watering them down.
I adore the some of the work by those directors, but to be honest, I don't want to see a God Of War movie get made. In order for it to be good, it needs to be pure, unfiltered, and without compromise. That's never going to happen. I'd hate to see Kratos dish-out half-baked violence in a PG13 flick. The games are awesome on their own. They're epic and cinematic all the same. I say leave them be, don't tarnish their reputation on screen by watering them down.
10:00AM on 07/15/2010
The heatseekers line made me giggle at work. Kudos.
The heatseekers line made me giggle at work. Kudos.
3:53PM on 07/15/2010
Any action movie with Rodriguez behind it can't possibly be pg-13 and I feel Guilermo del toro's amazing skill for art vision and direction will mesh well with his bloody action to create a great film. But at the end of the I agree with you on not tarnishing the name. Here's hoping to a God Of War 4 cause 3 was awesome, I love the psp prequels to but they can't keep making those for so long.
Any action movie with Rodriguez behind it can't possibly be pg-13 and I feel Guilermo del toro's amazing skill for art vision and direction will mesh well with his bloody action to create a great film. But at the end of the I agree with you on not tarnishing the name. Here's hoping to a God Of War 4 cause 3 was awesome, I love the psp prequels to but they can't keep making those for so long.
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