Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Hercules the movie

Good news people, Hercules is coming back to the big screen. I know, after you saw Hercules in New York, you thought 'how could they ever top that?' But I'm here to tell you they surely intend to. The honestly very talented director Peter Berg is reportedly in the process of bringing the demigod to the silver screen once again in what's sure to be a very fresh take. His concept is based of the recent Radical comic miniseries Hercules: The Thracian Wars. The comic is written by Steve Moore, who has a number of cool credits under his belt the script is being written by Ryan Condal, who also recently wrote a spec script for an Arthurian update on the story of Sir Galahad.

That said, the people behind the film want to stay true to the comic. Producer Barry Levine said "What resonated for them was that this was character driven, about a character who’s more man than god, with conflicts and redemption,"

According to Radical's wiki the story starts "Fourteen hundred years ago, a tormented soul walked the earth that was neither man nor god. Hercules was the powerful son of the god king Zeus, for this he 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 presence of death. These men and woman never question where they go to fight or why or whom, just how much they will be paid. Now the King of Thrace has hired these mercenaries to train his men to become the greatest army of all time. It is time for this bunch of lost souls to finally have their eyes opened to how far they have fallen when they must train an army to become as ruthless and blood thirsty as their own reputation has become."

Sounds, like it could be a cool sort of a Hyperborean Dirty Dozen. Sort of... Anyhow, I think it could be very good. There really hasn't ever been a Hercules movie that's done the character justice, but this definitely stands a better chance than most.


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