In recent interviews, director Renny Harlin has been indicating that this is the origin story of Hercules, BEFORE he commences on the famed 12 labors. Does the new title change HERCULES THE LEGEND BEGINS confirm that move? Many people had as it is believed that the catchy but derivative HERCULES 3D was but a place holder for an actual title which was to come later. Seems like it has come now.
You can see the new logo displayed above as well as a new banner which can be seen below.
Renny Harlin spoke recently to Crave Online in great detail about HERCULES THE LEGEND BEGINS. You can read the entire interview here. Below are some choice quotes.
A Dream Project for Renny Harlin. A Spectacular Hollywood Epic
It’s kind of like a dream movie for me. It’s a movie that I dreamt of when I was a kid growing up watching big, old Hollywood movies like Ben-Hur or Spartacus or something like that. To me it’s everything a good movie should have which is an epic canvas and a big, big story, a great love story and a great action-adventure story. Just the whole making of it has been a great process. I was one of the writers of the script and I was able to really pour a lot of my own fantasies into the film, and Hercules being sort of the archetype of every superhero, every comic book hero. Really if you look at their origins, it all really comes from the Greek mythology. It all comes from Hercules. So being able to do the kind of origin story of the young Hercules who is growing up, how he accepts his destiny and his role in life and in the future of mankind, it was fascinating to me. Right now I’m editing the film for a winter or early spring release, and I couldn’t be more excited. It’s definitely a huge, big tentpole movie and I’d love to see the audience really get a kick out of it.
The Epic 6 Minute Single Take Shot, the biggest Action Set Piece of Renny Harlin's career
I have a battle scene that lasts six minutes that is all one shot, and covers a sea battle and ground battle and hand to hand combat and sword fighting, spears and bows and arrows and flying boulders, all done in one shot that never cuts. I’ll give you that spoiler. That’s one of the biggest shots I’ve ever created. And then there are just numerous battle scenes and fight scenes involving thousands of soldiers and horses and every imaginable weapon that I don’t think anybody could have done in the old days. I never want to rely fully on CG because it, to me, becomes too unreal but it can be a great tool for when you are creating a historical setting and want to really show the size of those kinds of situations. CG can really give you something that was not possible to be done 20 years ago. I did quite a few takes. It was shot for several days and I did probably a dozen takes. It was a big, big deal and if one thing goes wrong, nothing else would work. It was just an incredible combination of teamwork with different departments, a lot of extras, a lot of stunts and horses, very dangerous situations that just had to come together perfectly.
Kellan Lutz as Hercules
Scott Adkins as King Amphitryon
Liam McIntyre as Sotiris
Johnathon Schaech as Tarak
Gaia Weiss as Hebe
Roxanne McKee as Alcmene
Liam Garrigan as Iphicles
Rade Serbedzija as Chiron
Luke Newberry as Agamemnon
Below are the production stills that were released on the film's official web site.
Below are the recently released set pictures of Kellan Lutz on set in Bulgaria.
Below is the official poster for the film.