Renny Harlin trotted out the stars- and the exciting new trailer- of his upcoming swords and sandals epic, “Hercules: The Legend Begins” at NYCC this weekend. The “Die Hard 2″ director told those in attendance that this new take on … Continue reading

‘Hercules: The Legend Begins’ Trailer


Renny Harlin trotted out the stars- and the exciting new trailer- of his upcoming swords and sandals epic, “Hercules: The Legend Begins” at NYCC this weekend.

The “Die Hard 2″ director told those in attendance that this new take on the mythical character was going to reinvent the classic tale. Now, before I tell you HOW he plans to freshen up Hercules, I’d like you to do me a favor:

First, close your eyes. Second, take a moment to swipe out Harlin for Zack Snyder. Third, replace “Hercules” with “Man of Steel.”

Done? Okay. Now read this quote:

On his demi-god protagonist:

“I think people have a lot of stereotypical ideas of who the character is, so we wanted to go to an origin story of Hercules” [Superman. AHEM!] “to a young guy who doesn’t really even know who he is,” the director said. “And one day he finds out that he’s a demi-god. And that his mission is much grander and he has a destiny that he has to fulfill.”

If this approach to the legend sounds very similar to a modern, post-Nolan comic book film that’s actually by design. Harlin explained that he’s treating this film like a superhero movie. Playing to the Comic Con crowd, Harlin went so far as to refer to Hercules as the original superhero.

The titular star of the film, Kellan Lutz, was also on hand. He gently tackled the Dwayne Johnson-sized elephant in the room. When questioned about that other Hercules film, starring the former pro wrestler and directed by Brett “X-Men 3″ Ratner, Lutz said that they wanted to do something a little different. They wanted to steer people away from the idea of Hercules as just a muscle man and tackle him as a real character. This philosophy trickled down to the actor’s build. Harlin recalled saying “get cut, but I don’t want you to look like a giant.”

The film will also contain a tragic love story that will find Lutz playing opposite newcomer Gaia Weiss. But that’s not all- Spartacus himself, Liam McIntyre, will co-star as a friend to Hercules who’s eventually “not really his friend,” according to Harlin.

Check out the trailer below. What do you think of this new take on the mythological hero? At this point in time, which Hercules project has you most interested?

Source: Millennium Films.

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  • El Chilar

    This looks fun. Does anybody know what chanel is it gonna be on?

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  • Mario-Francisco Robles

    This is actually going to be a feature film. Though a TV series based off this would sure fill the void left by the excellent Starz “Spartacus” series.

  • Dermacka

    Dario Agentos Hercules 3D

  • Anthony Butera III

    Theatrical feature you say? Yeah seriously quit kidding around, what channel this shit gonna be on, FX? can this be anything but tv or straight to video?’s Renny Harlin, no wonder this version makes the Kevin Sorbo series look like it’s frickin’ Ridley Scott’s Gladiator!

  • Jaclk

    lol this is going to be in theaters???

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  • axebox

    Did they shoot in 48fps? I will only watch these crappy VFX in 48fps.

  • Marcus

    A few of the action shots look cool but this really does look like a less stylized low rent 300 for TV. I also just can’t take Kellen Lutz seriously here. I can only hope that The Rock’s Herc movie hasn’t been sabatoged by Brett “Cinematic Blackhole” Ratner.

  • Anonymous David

    Gladiator meets 300 meets Troy. All on a $5 budget. Winning

  • b4ucy

    Brett Ratner…, Renny Harlin…, I can’t wait for the Uwe Bowl version! Urgh !!

  • Darth Kaos

    I actually laughed a couple of times. Its a comedy right?

  • Cesar

    So Liam McIntyre is in this? I guess it is the only good thing about the movie

  • Jon

    This looks stupid. Gladiator, 300, Spartacus copy, and a bad one at that. peace.

  • El Chilar

    Thanks dude, but I was just being sarcastic since the movie looks cheaper than Scott Adkins’ beard in that trailer.

  • Mario-Francisco Robles

    Ah. lol. I see.

    Well, you’re not alone in that thought. I’m also wondering if this is ever gonna see the light of day in movie theater.

  • HunterOfTROLLZ

    Wow. Laughable. Stilted. Sub-par. Lutz, more like Putz.
    This is Hercules? Makes my miss Sorbo…
    Renny, go Director a children’s Crosswalk.

  • Dakkar

    My favorite Hercules is still Nigel Green; I’m still sorry that franchise didn’t happen because “Jason and Argonauts”—which has since become a classic—originally tanked at the box office.

  • nar

    looks terrible. it would be great to get a greek mythology movie that looks like greek mythology. it’s sad that the original clash of the titans is still the closest we have gotten.

  • JP Tartaglino

    This is a joke right?

  • Henry_Swansons_my_name

    Ouch. That was TERRIBLE. It’s hard to believe a feature film can look cheaper than a TV show, but this certainly does. Also lacks the superior choreography and camera-work of the Spartacus series.

  • Charles Jonathan

    This is a joke right? I mean to see who would actually pay $14 to go see it?

  • Mario-Francisco Robles

    I’d say the people have spoken ;) You’ll notice I did my best not to state my own opinion. Wanted to see what you guys thought.

  • Tony Arvelo

    the makes no fucking sense even for a fantasy!

  • ThisBethesdaSea

    Absolute garbage. I’ll watch it VOD for the man flesh, but that was one of the worst trailers I’ve seen.

  • Reymondo Leon

    Why did they call this Hercules?
    It’s Gladiator + Samson + Clash of the Titans + some other bullshit.

    The guy who’s playing Hercules is a total blank slate and looks like he just stepped off a Guess jeans ad shoot.

    This isn’t bad, it’s insipid – which is even worse.

  • Santino Corleone

    so, he is a slave and then a gladiator. sounds familiar.

  • Steve Croft

    Cheapass, dodgy as shit, low budget, low quality mother fuckin garbage. I’ve seen Syfy movies of the week that look far more realistic than that garbage.

  • Steve Croft

    lol gonna remember “Brett Cinematic Black Hole Ratner” forever now haha.

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  • Guest

    the likes are in the hopes that u meant that sarcastically, what channel indeed. lol

  • ThisBethesdaSea

    Once Upon A Time Alice in Wonderland looks on par with this, and that show looks so terrible I can’t even watch it.

  • Steve Croft

    You nailed it. Insipid. Perfect.

  • Steve Croft

    honestly with those production values, I’m half expecting the women and men to shed all clothes and go into a hardcore porn scene… it’s about that quality.