Brett Ratner might have missed out on the chance to direct Conan, but it would seem that he’s not done dealing with brawny, sword-wielding types, as producer Avi Lerner has offered him the chance to make a movie based around Hercules.
The mythological hero is also known by his Greek name Heracles, and is usually found as the illegitimate son of Zeus and a mortal, Alcmene. He’s probably best known for the Labours of Hercules, a series of 12 tasks imposed as he sought atonement from the Oracle at Delphi after murdering his children in a blind rage. We’re not sure if that side of him will be played up in the new film…
The iconic warrior has been something of a favourite for filmmakers, especially overseas, and has also appeared in one of the lesser Disney outings. But aside from Arnie in 1969’s Hercules in New York and Lou Ferrigno in a 1980s take on the tale, he’s largely been consigned to TV in the shaggy form of Kevin Sorbo. We doubt any of those three will be back for this new adventure – given where Millennium/Nu Image went with Conan, expect a largely unknown type to snatch the role.
As of now, it’s still in an early developmental stage with Ratner merely considering the job. But with the likes of Clash of the Titans doing decent business at the box office, it’s not surprising that Lerner and co are pushing Hercules as a possible new money-spinner.
Update: Lerner's PR has told the Wrap that while Ratner reads all of the producer's scripts, he's not actually in talks for Hercules. At least, not right now.