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HERCULES Muscles His Way Back To The Big Screen!! It Is Written!!

Published at: May 31, 2007, 8:55 a.m. CST

Merrick here...
Variety tells us that Millennium Films is prepping yet another iteration of HERCULES. This is, no doubt, sparred by the success of 300, and because there have been so few spins on the story in recent years (how many have there been, 73 trillion...there 'bouts?). The project has already been scripted by Sean Hood. He wrote THE CROW: WICKED PRAYER and HALLOWEEN: RESURRECTION. No word yet on how they’ll approach this material, or who will direct. 300 stylization, perhaps? An angstier, angrier hero seeking redemption? A young, beautiful, misunderstood bad boy vying for the love of an excessively violable maiden chick – even though the dashing bad guy (the son of some king) already has her attention? Or, maybe the concept will be reinvented, and Hercules will find himself an uncharacteristically talented professional wrestler, who comes to learn that he’s actually the descendant of Gods & must defeat the local Ganstas (Wesley Snipes and Snoop Dog) in order to save the Hood. Lest a horrible misunderstanding occur, I’m just goofing around here…I don’t know what they’re up to. All I know is that I smell another 2 hour long History Channel special airing the night before the film’s release, and that they’d better consider Coaxial’s Hercules for the title role before going any further. 'Cause, you know, a creature of might he is. For my money, no one will ever equal the strange and troubling Lou Ferrigno HERCULES movie. Check out these clips. I can’t decide which moment rocks harder: the line of dudes being slowly smashed into the wall by Lou Ferrigno’s tree trunk (that doesn’t sound right, does it?), or Hercules applying the physics he must have learned in Sweaty Muscle Man Combat School to propel his chariot through the heavens. It’s all, very Mel Brooksian, isn't it?
Read the original Variety article HERE!!!

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  • May 31, 2007, 8:54 a.m. CST

    How about the Bill Murray "Hercules"?

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    "That rock is too large. I could lift a smaller one."

  • May 31, 2007, 8:58 a.m. CST

    National Lampoon's "Hercules."

    by Uncapie

    "By-the-Gods," thet should make that.

  • May 31, 2007, 8:58 a.m. CST

    Bring back Kevin Sorbo. It

    by ClarkK82

    Bring back Kevin Sorbo. It must be done.

  • May 31, 2007, 9 a.m. CST

    Lightsabers?

    by keanho_in_nyc

    Cool.

  • May 31, 2007, 9:02 a.m. CST

    "No word yet on how they’ll approach this material"

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    I liked that part, Merrick. That was funny. Because when you've just said this is the guy who wrote Wicked Prayer and Resurrection, you really already know how they're going to approach the material.<p>They're going to approach it shitly.

  • May 31, 2007, 9:05 a.m. CST

    The Sorbo

    by Frodo1

    Yeah, bring Sorbo back for one final fling at Hercules on the big screen. And bring that chick back ho played Aphrodite on the series....

  • May 31, 2007, 9:09 a.m. CST

    This movie will suck. UNLESS . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . they tell how Hercules went on to manage the Coaxial section at AICN. That would rock.

  • May 31, 2007, 9:11 a.m. CST

    RAIMI VS. SORBO

    by THE KNIGHT

    I hear they got some issues!

  • May 31, 2007, 9:14 a.m. CST

    now THAT's a trailer.

    by thefoggiest

    faux Harryhausen effects are awesome.

  • May 31, 2007, 9:19 a.m. CST

    I hope they do it like 'The O.C.'

    by Spandau Belly

    Maybe get the guy who played Ryan to show Hercules as a fish out of water confrontationalist/ class warrior. Play a bunch of emo. Could be fun.

  • May 31, 2007, 9:21 a.m. CST

    Remember it ain't a REAL Hercules film..

    by Borgnine JR

    ..unless there's feisty midgets. If they do it up right. They should totally go the crappy Italian muscle-man route. For the new millenium.

  • May 31, 2007, 9:21 a.m. CST

    Do the Greek Version

    by RobRed1

    You know, the one where the half-man, half-god grows up the biggest bully in Greece, kills his wife and kids in a temper tantrum, and then is somehow redeemed by performing a bunch of labors using his incredible strength? That will play well with the feminists.

  • May 31, 2007, 9:24 a.m. CST

    Unless they throw a bear into space...

    by Boba Fat

    this movie will flop! Flop I say!.....wait a second, why didn't he throw throw the bear in space straight away?

  • May 31, 2007, 9:29 a.m. CST

    Why not a new Robin Hood?

    by DerLanghaarige

    The Sorbo-series, the Young Hercules spin-off and the Disney version plus TV-series were not THAT long ago. Unlike Robin Hood. When was the Costner-movie? 1991? And Men in Tights was in 1994, so we really need a new Robin Hood!

  • May 31, 2007, 9:32 a.m. CST

    softness in his eyes, iron in his thighs

    by Crimson Dynamo

    Virtue in his heart, Fire in every part, Of the Mighty Hercules.

  • May 31, 2007, 9:33 a.m. CST

    I'd like the full on Greek Myth version please.

    by Cameron1

    Seriously, Hollywood don't you realise you'll be combining LOTR respected fantasy and Gladiator? That's a HUGE fucking cash cow waiting to be milked. How have you not figured this out yet?

  • May 31, 2007, 9:34 a.m. CST

    will this be like the Disney version?

    by newc0253

    or more like Clash of the Titans with CGI?

  • May 31, 2007, 9:36 a.m. CST

    Who gives a shit about Hercules! D-WAR TRAILER IS OUT!

    by Gluecifer

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZ2paDoZ--g Cheesy and awesome at the same time!

  • May 31, 2007, 9:43 a.m. CST

    Uncapie is Right!

    by PackyMcCracken

    If you're talking about Mark Marek's "Hercules Amongst the North Americans", by the gods that would be a funny movie. I think they did some cartoons on MTV years ago featuring him.

  • May 31, 2007, 9:55 a.m. CST

    Screw Herc...Bring Me a Xena Movie

    by saintsfreak

    Don't we all need more Lucy Lawless in our lives? Kevin Sorbo can have a supporting role, but I need me some Warrior Princess.

  • May 31, 2007, 9:58 a.m. CST

    from the guy who wrote Halloween Ressurection??

    by StovetopStuffin'

    I can't wait to see which rap star they cast as Herc's wisecrackin' sidekick. DMXicus. "Dat's what I'm talkin' bout. Step off, Hydra!"

  • May 31, 2007, 10:12 a.m. CST

    ...In NY!

    by Angry Golfer

    Hercules In NY was the best!

  • May 31, 2007, 10:19 a.m. CST

    I guess Bruce Willis has lost interest in the Q&A

    by jack-torrance

    Round 2 to come when Die Hard 5 is released. That will be a G rated sequel.

  • May 31, 2007, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Ah, Golan-Globus...

    by Ned Pepper

    ...the sign of quality motion pictures.

  • May 31, 2007, 11:13 a.m. CST

    HERKALEES! KERKALEES! HERKALEES!

    by Osmosis Jones

    [claps]

  • May 31, 2007, 11:18 a.m. CST

    It's HERACLES

    by Thomas Cromwell

    Hercules is the Roman way of spelling it. Looking forward to seeing him clean out the dung from the stables and chopping off the Hydra's heads. Chip chop chip chop

  • May 31, 2007, 11:32 a.m. CST

    Hercules: The Deaf Warrior and his Fab Rainbow Bridge

    by modlight

    Thanks for that video Merrick. I had never heard of that film and I now feel like I've seen enough. It is amazing what passed as eye popping in trailers back then. Hercules PUSHES DOWN A DOOR?! LOVE IT PUT IT IN!!!! And I really like how they wholesale stole the lightsaber sounds. Thanks again.

  • May 31, 2007, 11:51 a.m. CST

    All you had to say was "HALLOWEEN: RESURRECTION"...

    by brokentusk

    ... and my hopes for the film went out the window.

  • May 31, 2007, 12:20 p.m. CST

    We want the SORBO!!!

    by spikebad666

    Give us the SORBO! Better yet, give us a Xena movie too. I also love me some Warrior Princess!

  • May 31, 2007, 12:31 p.m. CST

    too bad Larry "Bud" Melman has passed...

    by BadMrWonka

    I can't see anyone else in the Hercules role now...

  • May 31, 2007, 12:42 p.m. CST

    Sybil Danning rules lol

    by AllPowerfulWizardOfOz

    Best b-movie tits next to Adrian Barbeau. <BR> <BR> As far as Sean Hood writing this, well that just lost me right there. Very shitty choice IMO. <BR> <BR> Now off to Amazon to see if that Lou version of Heracles is on DVD.

  • May 31, 2007, 12:50 p.m. CST

    Any who doesn't remember this Hercules w/Schwarzenegger

    by AllPowerfulWizardOfOz

    http://tinyurl.com/2ppyrz

  • May 31, 2007, 12:52 p.m. CST

    AND who doesn't remember this Hercules w/Schwarzenegger

    by AllPowerfulWizardOfOz

    I really fucking hate that there is no goddamn edit button for us. Please Harry, fix that. Please. <BR> <BR> http://tinyurl.com/2ppyrz

  • May 31, 2007, 12:55 p.m. CST

    Why not .....

    by BillyPilgrim

    Oedipus or Mourning Becomes Electra? Incest seems to be popular on the net. Pauly Shore as Hercules would be a hoot.

  • May 31, 2007, 1:06 p.m. CST

    I guarantee straight to video

    by Vern

    The Millennium Films logo is very familiar to me due to my viewing of the Seagal pictures. OUT FOR A KILL, MERCENARY FOR JUSTICE, BELLY OF THE BEAST (that last one probaly being the best movie they've ever made). So don't expect 300 here. They are trying to do theatrical releases now, but half the time they don't end up getting shelved forever and not making it to theaters (EDISON FORCE, PROZAC NATION), the other half they are notorious debacles (BLACK DAHLIA, WICKER MAN REMAKE). I guess the one exception was 16 BLOCKS which was completely mediocre despite Walter B's great performance.<p> Hopefully JOHN RAMBO will be their first big success. But no, I do not believe they will make a Hercules movie that makes it to the big screen or that anyone here watches. Chances are against it.<p> As for Herc playing Hercules, if he is too busy watching TV I think we got some other musclemen here. Demon Dave would be my first choice obviously (as an evil chaotic Hercules) followed by Juggfuckler and then third choice would be I think his name was Panterarocks who used to always talk about bodybuilding.

  • May 31, 2007, 1:07 p.m. CST

    Sybil Danning vs Lucy Lawless in the

    by Borgnine JR

    Marshmallow Pits of Typhus IV! Hercules can be the doorman.

  • May 31, 2007, 1:15 p.m. CST

    YES Vern

    by Bloo

    Demon Dave as Hercules in all his Demon Davness, inspired casting...but Juggfuckler would be an excellent choice as well

  • May 31, 2007, 1:16 p.m. CST

    Thanks Merrick

    by skimn

    Yup Sybil Danning and rainbow prism effects....ahhhhhhh, good times, good times...

  • May 31, 2007, 1:26 p.m. CST

    I don't remember Lou...

    by rost

    I do remember Sybil tough.

  • May 31, 2007, 1:42 p.m. CST

    Hercules in Los Angeles.

    by Stalin vs Predator

    The only logical followup to "Hercules in New York". The tagline could be "Ze vater eez a diet!"

  • May 31, 2007, 2:10 p.m. CST

    STEVE REEVES

    by riskebiz

    Those old Steve Reeve's Hercules films were great. I wish they had a widesceen special edition DVD of them. Steve Reeves will always be my ideal version of Hercules.

  • May 31, 2007, 2:12 p.m. CST

    This studio could produce my 'Hitter' movie

    by Spandau Belly

    If it's willing to put money into a Wicker Man remake and DTV Segal movies, why wouldn't they give me 7 million dollars to make 'Hitter'?

  • May 31, 2007, 2:26 p.m. CST

    Sandstorm....sandstorm...

    by CatVutt

    DEEP HURTING!

  • May 31, 2007, 2:42 p.m. CST

    dy'all know

    by Automaton Overlord

    that the guy who directed the first season of Xena got that job because of a sword and sandal movie he directed long before. its called "Death Stalker" its super over the top. Everyone should see that.

  • May 31, 2007, 2:49 p.m. CST

    The DOORWAY to a NINE HEADED MONSTER...

    by Alonzo Mosely

    Demon Dave is an inspired choice, he can write, act and direct... It could be his Citizen Kane... Fred Williamson for Zeus...

  • May 31, 2007, 2:51 p.m. CST

    DEDALUS!

    by BRUTICUS

    just make sure it has dedalus, and the horse boy, Newt. over here Herc, over here! nuf said.

  • May 31, 2007, 2:56 p.m. CST

    Kevin Sorbo!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by teethgnasher

    Kick ass!

  • May 31, 2007, 3:12 p.m. CST

    Xena vs Hercules!!!!!!!!!

    by teethgnasher

    With guest appearance by BRUCE CAMPBELL. You know you want it.

  • May 31, 2007, 3:30 p.m. CST

    This should really be...

    by nobunaga902

    God of War! C'mon...anyone?

  • May 31, 2007, 4:10 p.m. CST

    Best Hercules Ever ...

    by Hercules

    ... was Bill Murray in "Il Returno de Hercules." <br><br> King Laetes: "So, Hercules, once again, we meet. By the gods! Look at you! You really have let yourself go!" <br><br> Hercules: "I have not exercised much since the last Olympics. And I've learned, to my sorrow, that if you stop exercising, the muscle turns to fat."

  • May 31, 2007, 5:23 p.m. CST

    DerLanghaarige, RE: Robin Hood

    by David Lazarus Long

    Have you seen the BBC series? Very tongue in cheek. Like the British bastard son of "Prince of Thieves" and "Men in Tights": Serious enough to be pretty badass, but laughs at itself enough to not be a snooze. <p> As for Herc, well... Nothing will ever replace the days of fighting my brother with swords made of K'Nex and duct tape while watching Kevin Sorbo and what's-his-face Iolaus kickin' some ass.

  • May 31, 2007, 5:26 p.m. CST

    Vern...

    by TELF

    I throw my vote in for The Fuckler Of The Jugs. He has already demonstrated great bravery. I doubt Demon Dave could portray the redemptive aspect of Herc's arc, as he is all to aware of the corruptive forces concealed by the Doorway Of Pure Evil. And 5'll get you 10 Panterarocks is 5'2". I assume I was left out because you don't want me getting typecast...

  • May 31, 2007, 5:32 p.m. CST

    Wow, I'm surprised...

    by TheGuyInTheBackRowTalking

    no one has mentioned that Hercules/ Three stooges movie yet. Now that was all kinds of awsome, with a heaping side order of kick ass right there.

  • May 31, 2007, 5:44 p.m. CST

    Oh yeah, Steve Reeves,,,now that's Hercules...

    by Shub-Wankalot

    One of the best of the "Sandals and Swords" epics.

  • May 31, 2007, 5:55 p.m. CST

    New JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS version of Herc was best...

    by Monkey_King

    He even had a beard and carried the weight of the world on his shoulders(unlike Atlas) and buried Raimi's cartoony action version with Sorbo, which also begat XENA.

  • May 31, 2007, 7:44 p.m. CST

    Best Hercules movie

    by hktelemacher

    Hercules in the Haunted World directed by Mario Bava. It's got Christopher Lee, nerds.

  • May 31, 2007, 7:55 p.m. CST

    A case of stolen PBR and Lou's Hercules. Ah, memories..

    by The Rondo Hatton Blues Explosion

    Though all I really remember about it is my cousin's drunken musing: "You know, I love me some trim, but I'll be damned if I'd swim the ocean for it." Words to live by, brothers and sisters, words to live by.

  • May 31, 2007, 8:39 p.m. CST

    marvel comics hercules

    by iwontwin

    THOU ART NOT THOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • May 31, 2007, 9:40 p.m. CST

    Sybil Danning

    by orryn

    Hopefully she and her massive boobage will still be up to the task of this mighty remake.

  • June 1, 2007, 2:42 a.m. CST

    Telf

    by Vern

    I figured you were bored of that shit by now. Maybe you could make a cameo as Dr. Hercules, Hercules's uncle, he is kind of like Richard Roundtree's character in the Sam Jackson version of SHAFT.

  • June 1, 2007, 3:48 a.m. CST

    I just got off the phone with Kevin Sorbo...

    by Hideo Kojima

    he said he better be cast as Hercules because he's GOTTA EAT!

  • June 1, 2007, 4:07 a.m. CST

    It'll be a blockbuster...

    by BigBlackDude

    ... if they get Michael Bay to direct and have ILM create a cgi Lou Ferrigno. I'd watch it.

  • June 1, 2007, 6:08 a.m. CST

    Get Busta Rhymes as Hercules

    by jack-torrance

    "I'm gonna pop a cap in that muthafucka Zeus's ass!"

  • June 1, 2007, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Kevin Sorbo's Hercules was

    by estacado

    Kevin Sorbo's Hercules was one of the greatest tv shows ever.

  • June 1, 2007, 7:33 p.m. CST

    all this movie needed was...

    by pikagreg

    a jefferson starship cameo, and it would have been just as sweet as the star wars holiday special

  • June 2, 2007, 11:50 p.m. CST

    Sam Jackson as Zeus

    by bender7

    "Zeus! Yeah, Zeus! As in father of Apollo? Mt. Olympus? Don't fuck with me or I'll shove a lightning bolt up your ass? Zeus! You got a problem with that?!!"