Brett Ratner may have machinations on an adaptation of Radical Publishing’s comic book series Hercules: The Thracian Wars. Vulture is reporting that the Rush Hour director is in talks to turn the story into a feature film at MGM.
Focusing on the later years of the Greek hero, the comic book series arrives from writer Steve Moore and artist Admira Wijaya and has been praised for its accuracy to the original myths regarding the half-man, half-god. The official description of the comic book is as follows:
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?!
Ratner, whose last major theatrical release was 2007’s Rush Hour 3, is currently preparing his next project, Tower Heist for release on November 4th.