HERCULES Is No Match For The GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY; Remake Gets New Release Date
Originally set to open just one week after Marvel Studios' Guardians of the Galaxy, Brett Ratner's Hercules (which stars Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in the title role) has been given a new release date by Paramount. However, it will now face off against two other big blockbusters...
Box Office Mojo has revealed that Hercules has moved from August 8th, 2014 to July 25th, 2014. It's original release date meant that it opened just a week after Guardians of the Galaxy. A foolish decision, especially as Marvel Studios' movies have never really had any trouble with holding on to the top spot both with their most obscure releases AND against some pretty serious box office competition. However, the studio clearly aren't that concerned as this change of release date means that it comes out just seven days after X-Men: Days of Future Past and the final instalment in The Hobbit trilogy! Directed by X-Men: The Last Stand's Brett Ratner and starring Dwayne Johnson, the screenplay for Hercules was adapted by relative newcomer Ryan Condal from Radical Studio's graphic novel Hercules: The Thracian Wars. Below is a description of that story.
Fourteen hundred years ago, a tormented soul walked the earth that was neither man nor god. Hercules was the powerful son of the god king Zeus, for this he 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 presence of death. These men and woman never question where they go to fight or why or whom, just how much they will be paid. Now the King of Thrace has hired these mercenaries to train his men to become the greatest army of all time. It is time for this bunch of lost souls to finally have their eyes opened to how far they have fallen when they must train an army to become as ruthless and blood thirsty as their reputation has become.
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