Thursday, 23 February 2012

Dwayne Johnson set to play Hercules in Brett Ratner’s adaptation of Graphic novel ‘Hercules: The Thracian Wars.’

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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is in the midst of what could be a very hot streak in his career right now. He can currently be seen starring in Journey 2: The Mysterious Island: That film seems likely to outgross the first Journey's $241.9m (It s likely passing the $140m international gross of the first film as I type.) and a green light for the promised third film should be expected any day now; so that’s a nice “franchise” set up right there. (Although are we really going to see Johnson, Josh Hutcherson and Michael Caine going to the moon?!?)  That follows the massive $626m takings for Fast 5, which was in no small part due to the X-Factor of combining Johnson and Vin Diesel. Fast 6 & Fast 7 are in pre-production and Johnson appears to be a key part of both films there. Before that he has this summer’s next “Franchise” to try and maintain, or gain, momentum by injecting a little Rock, G.I Joe: Retaliation. If that film is a hit too, and following journey & Fast 5 And co-starring Bruce Willis, you have to think it will at least open big, then Johnson may be cast in every sequel from now until 2022!
Brett Ratner on the other hand is in no such a vein of form or fortune. His last film, Tower Heist, has so far managed $148m and is unlikely to get much more. That may not seem too bad, but given the star pairing of Ben Stiller & Eddie Murphy, as well as Ratner himself, then the film was expected to do much more business. Add in the series of personal disaster (distasteful and sleazy ones at that) that led to him giving up the job of organising this year’s Oscars and 2011 is one Ratner probably wishes never happened.
The film itself is an adaptation of the graphic novel by Steve Moore & Admira Wijaya, ‘Hercules: The Thracian Wars’.

“Nearly 3,200 years ago, a tormented soul walked the Earth as neither man nor god: Hercules, powerful son of the god-king Zeus, and for this he received nothing but suffering. After 12 arduous labors and the loss of his family, this dark, world-weary soul turned his back on the gods, finding solace only in bloody battle. Over the years, he warmed to the company of six similar souls, bonded by their love of fighting and the presence of death never questioning where they go or who they fight, just how much they will be paid. Now the King of Thrace has hired these mercenaries to turn his men into the greatest army of all time, which means training them to be as bloodthirsty and ruthless as their own reputation. It is time for this band of lost souls to finally have their eyes opened to how far they have fallen and the narrow, perilous path to their own redemption.”

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