Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Brett Ratner Set for Hercules

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Hercules: The Thracian Wars coverParamount has sent us word that The Rock is set to star in a new adaptation of Hercules, based on a graphic novel by Steve Moore and Admira Wijaya.

Paramount Pictures, a division of Viacom, Inc., and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios announced today that they will co-produce the upcoming film Hercules, starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and directed by Brett Ratner. The film is set to begin production in early 2013.

Based on Radical Studio’s graphic novel “Hercules: The Thracian Wars,” the ensemble-action film is a revisionist take on the classic myth set in a grounded world where the supernatural does not exist.

The screenplay was adapted by Ryan Condal, with revisions by Evan Spiliotopoulos. Producers are Beau Flynn, Barry Levine and Brett Ratner; executive producers are Peter Berg, Sarah Aubrey and Jesse Berger.

For those curious about the plot of this take, the official synopsis of the graphic novel reads:

When the Thracian King summons the Greek hero and his six battle-worn companions to mold the Thracian army into a bloodthirsty, ruthless killing machine, the Son of Zeus rushes to answer the call of war and gold. But within the nation of Thrace lies an epic tale of war, murder, deception, and sacrifice that shows Hercules how far from grace he’s fallen- and what he must accomplish for redemption.