Renny Harlin To Direct HERCULES 3D

The CovenantRenny Harlin is heading to ancient Greece. He will be directing Millennium’s planned 3D telling of the legends of the Greek demi-god, Hercules.

The $70-million-budgeted film is already in pre-production with a hoped for May shooting start for an anticipated March 2014 release. The script is by Sean Hood and Hanna Weg and in remarks to the Hollywood Reporter, Harlin hints that the film may have a more realistic feel than expected.

It’s not a comic book, cartoony fantasy thing. It’s closer to Gladiator than flying horses.

This isn’t the only Herclues movie that is racing to theaters. MGM is currently developing their own version of the classic myth with director Brett Ratner and to star Dwayne Johnson. MGM’s version is currently scheduled for an Aug. 8, 2014 release.

The director of Die Hard 2 and Cutthroat Island was rather magnanimous about the other project.

I think these are very different kinds of movies in their approach to this legendary character. Obviously, Hercules has been portrayed in many different films, such as the Disney animated movie. I wish them luck. Ancient Greek mythology is an endless source of good stories … Let’s see both movies be successful.

I have to say that Harlin’s attitude is refreshingly nice considering how cut throat (See what I did there?) things usually are in Hollywood.

Hopefully, this will be a hit for Harlin, who has not had a theatrical film hit in some time. Recently, he has been directing episodes of the USA Network series Burn Notice and Covert Affairs.

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