We reported a while back that was sharpening his sword and getting ready to kick all kinds of historical ass in 's Hercules. The sword and sandal epic has now got an official release date with Deadline reporting that the movie will hit theaters August 8, 2014.
Hercules will be based on the graphic novel Hercules: The Thracian Wars, and in case you missed it, here's the synopsis:
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?
Hercules is one of very first action heroes of popular culture, (think John Rambo but with sandals and a tan), and had to complete the "Twelve Labours", which included killing the Lernaean Hydra and cleaning the Augean stables (it's much more impressive than it sounds). However, this retelling of the Hercules tale will do away with the supernatural aspects of the story and will instead be a much more grounded affair.
I really want to like this movie, but the fact that Brett Ratner is sitting in the director's chair has me really worried. He's the king of making very average, by-the-numbers movies (Red Dragon, Rush Hour) and he almost killed an entire franchise with the awful X-Men: The Last Stand. Luckily for us though, the Rock will still be laying the smack down on lots of people, so it might just be awesome for that alone.
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