Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Hercules’ will happen, Paramount and MGM to co-produce

By Daniel S Levine,

Dwayne Johnson and Brett Ratner’s Hercules will happen. On Wednesday, MGM and Paramount Pictures agreed to co-produce the project, which is based on a graphic novel titled Hercules: The Thracian Wars.

According to Variety, the Tower Heist director will helm the project. The script was written by Ryan Condal and Evan Spiliotopoulos had been tapped to make revisions. Producers include Ratner, Beau Flynn and Barry Levine. Battleship’s Peter Berg will co-executive produce with Sarah Aubrey and Jesse Berger.

The Hollywood Reporter notes that the Radical Studios graphic novel is a different take on the Greek myth of a man with incredible strength. In this version, there are no supernatural elements.

Paramount announced its involvement in the project Wednesday. Production will start early next year.

Johnson has several films in the pipeline, including the MGM/Paramount co-production G.I. Joe: Retaliation, which will finally be out in March. He is also working on Michael Bay’s Pain & Gain, a sixth Fast and Furious film and the third Journey To The Center of the Earth.

Paramount is also producing Fast and Furious 6 and Pain & Gain.

Since MGM came out of bankruptcy, it has mostly worked with Sony, striking a co-production and co-distribution deal for several films that have been released over the past few years. Sony and MGM are working on Robocop and Carrie for next year. It is also working with Warner Bros. on the Hobbit films.

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