Brett Ratner going Greek with Hercules: The Thracian Wars

Lovers of Greek mythology will surely rejoice at this new bit of info that Brett Ratner is now attached to direct a HERCULES film for MGM.

No, sadly it's not a reboot of Arnold's HERCULES IN NEW YORK, rather it's an adaptation of Hercules: The Thracian Wars, a comic by Steve Moore at Radical Publishing.

A year ago, Ratner was in talks for a different Hercules project from producer Avi Lerner, but scrapped it to do the upcoming TOWER HEIST instead. But he must have a fixation with the hero, as now he's signed up for a different version.

Peter Berg used to be attached to The Thracian Wars as early as 2008, and it does already have its own IMDB page claiming a 2014 release date.

Here's a synopsis of the comic:

Fourteen-hundred years ago, a tormented soul walked the Earth that was neither man nor god. Hercules, powerful son of the god king Zeus, received nothing but suffering his entire life. After twelve arduous labors and the loss of his family, this dark, world-weary soul turned his back on the gods, finding his only solace in bloody battle. Over the years he warmed to the company of six similar souls, their only bond being their love of fighting and the presence of death.

These men and woman never question where, why, or whom they go to fight; only how much they will be paid. Knowing this, the King of Thrace has hired these mercenaries to train his men to become the greatest army of all time. Hercules begins to question King Cotys' motives when he takes his army out to battle and sees them practice on innocent men, women, and children of their neighbors. Deep in his soul something stirs, but is it enough to stop a mad king and his army of the damned from marching across Greece - or even Olympus itself?


Extra Tidbit: Does Ratner still have the God of War rights? I sincerely hope not.
Source: NYMag



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