Director Brett Ratner is reportedly in talks to helm a movie based on Greek demigod Hercules. Producer Avi Lerner (The Expendables) has been trying to put together a Hercules movie for years. And Ratner almost directed Conan (now being helmed by Marcus Nispel and starring Jason Momoa), so a Hercules flick would give him a second chance at a rippled, oiled-up-abs warrior movie. According to 24 Frames, “Little is known about the specifics of the new version, though it’s expected to bring Lerner’s classic action ethos to the larger-than-life character.”
The sword-and-sandals flick has been making a strong comeback, with the Clash of the Titans remake obviously being the biggest success so far. There’s also Centurion due out at the end of summer, The Eagle in early 2011, and a Clash sequel slated for 2012. While I have no love for Ratner, my rage meter is low since I’m not invested in a movie about Hercules. The last Ratner film to hit theaters was 2007’s Rush Hour 3.