With two “Hercules” films on the horizon, it’s going to be a battle of the same god in 2014. A release date for “Hercules: The Legend Begins,” starring Kellan Lutz, has just been announced for February 7, and “Hercules” (formerly “Hercules: The Thracian Wars”), starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, is scheduled to hit theaters on July 25.
Comparisons have been made since both films went into production, but “The Legend Begins” takes a different route on the Greek god’s journey than “Hercules.” Directed by Renny Harlin, “The Legend Begins” centers on Hercules fighting to regain his freedom and return to his true love, the Princess of Crete, after he is betrayed by his King and sold into slavery.
“Hercules,” on the other hand, which is directed by Brett Ratner, is based on the novel, The Thracian Wars. Taking a darker turn, the plot focuses on Hercules as he travels ancient Greece with five faithful companions, selling his services for gold and using his legendary reputation to intimidate enemies. When the benevolent ruler of Thrace and his daughter seek Hercules’ help to defeat a savage and terrifying warlord, Hercules finds that in order for good to triumph and justice to prevail, he must again become the hero he once was.
Lionsgate bought U.S. distribution rights to Millennium Films’ “Hercules: The Legend Begins.”
MGM and Paramount are co-producing “Hercules.”