Renny Harlin to Direct Hercules 3D for Millennium Films

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, Renny Harlin is now set to direct Hercules 3D, a big-budget tale of the legendary demigod.

The movie is being pushed by Millennium (Expendables 2), who is seeking to begin production by May in time for a March 2014 release. As of now, no actors have been officially cast, but the studio is expected to start making announcements in the next few weeks.

The company is reportedly gunning to get the movie in theaters before the release of the MGM/Paramount Hercules-project, which stars Dwayne Johnson and will be directed by Brett Ratner. That film is currently slated for release on Aug. 8, 2014.

In the early 90s, Renny Harlin was known for his blockbuster action films, including Die Hard 2: Die Harder and Cliffhanger. Harlin’s career took a major hit when he released Cutthroat Island, a big-budget pirate movie starring then-wife Geena Davis. The film ended up becoming one of the biggest box-office flops of all time.

Since then, Harlin has worked on several notable projects, including the Deep Blue Sea and The Exorcist prequel, Exorcist: The Beginning. More recently, he’s directed for several USA Network shows, including White Collar, Burn Notice and Covert Affairs.

Hercules marks a venture back into big-budget filmmaking. Harlin said his version—much like the Brett Ratner version—will take a more realistic approach to the story.

“It’s not a comic book, cartoony fantasy thing,” Harlin is quoted as saying in the article. “It’s closer to Gladiator than flying horses.”

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