It’s a pretty common occurrence that be studios have similar properties. Sometimes even the same property. It’s not uncommon for public domain characters with name recognition to be snapped up by multiple studios at once.
Currently there are about five different Frankenstein films in various stages of production. Well, today’s story centers on Hercules. There are two different Hercules films that are nearing production. The first is still in pre-production and it’s going to be directed by Ridley Scott and released in 3D. The second started filming today. It’s starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and is being directed by Brett ‘I Fucked Up The X-Men’ Ratner.
Everything about this movie sounds awesome except Ratner. The Rock as Hecules? Yes. A supporting cast that’s comprised of Ian McShane, John Hurt, and Peter Mullan? Yes.
The film’s story even sounds quite impressive:
“Everyone knows the legend of Hercules and his twelve labors. Our story begins after the labors, and after the legend… Haunted by a sin from his past, Hercules has become a mercenary. Along with five faithful companions, he travels ancient Greece selling his services for gold and using his legendary reputation to intimidate enemies. But when the benevolent ruler of Thrace and his daughter seek Hercules’ help to defeat a savage and terrifying warlord, Hercules finds that in order for good to triumph and justice to prevail… he must again become the hero he once was… he must embrace his own myth… he must be Hercules.”
That sounds like a really awesome gritty movie. But Ratner can’t direct his way out of a paper bag covered in doodoo. Well, here’s hoping that Ratner makes a transition into directing cool popcorn movies instead of making really crappy franchise killers.
Also: No, I’m not bitter about X-men: The Last Stand. No, not at all.