Dwayne Johnson was officially confirmed to portray “Hercules” in the film adaptation of Radical Comics that will be directed by Brett Ratner (X-Men 3). Paramount and MGM have already signed on as co-producers for the adaptation and production is set to begin in New Zealand early 2013. The screenplay for the project was adapted by Ryan Condal with revisions by Evan Spiliotopoulos.
The movie is based on the Hercules comic books published by Radical Publishing. There were two action packed series; The Thracian Wars and The Knives of Kush, written by Steve Moore with the pencils of Cris Bolsin.
The Thracian Wars, which is the series that the movie will work on, goes something like this, ‘Fourteen-hundred years ago, a tormented soul walked the Earth that was neither man nor god. Hercules, powerful son of the god king Zeus, received nothing but suffering his entire life. After twelve arduous labors and the loss of his family, this dark, world-weary soul turned his back on the gods, finding his only solace in bloody battle. Over the years he warmed to the company of six similar souls, their only bond being their love of fighting and the presence of death. These men and woman never question where, why, or whom they go to fight; only how much they will be paid. Knowing this, the King of Thrace has hired these mercenaries to train his men to become the greatest army of all time. Hercules begins to question King Cotys’ motives when he takes his army out to battle and sees them practice on innocent men, women, and children of their neighbors. Deep in his soul something stirs, but is it enough to stop a mad king and his army of the damned from marching across Greece – or even Olympus itself?!‘