Peter Berg To Direct Hercules: The Thracian Wars

By Jason

July 23, 2008 Comics Movies No comments

Peter Berg, fresh off successfully directing Will Smith in Hancock, is set to produce and direct a “fresh” take on the Hercules saga called Hercules: The Thracian Wars.

Ryan Condal will write the script, based on, you guessed it, a five issue comic book series by Steve Moore that debuted in May through Radical Publishing. What does that make the comic book adaptation count now? Like 40 or 50? I exaggerate, but surely we’re getting a little carried away here folks.

Berg has already signed up to produce and direct another (seriously, another?) adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune as well. What brought him into the Hercules project was the desire he shared with fellow producer Sarah Aubrey to see the comic book adapted faithfully.

“What resonated for them was that this was character driven, about a character who’s more man than god, with conflicts and redemption,” third producer on the project, Barry Levine, said.

Special Effects company Weta Workshops did some concept art for the comic book (which you can see right here) so it’s reasonable to assume they may do some work on the film as well. It’s definitely a different sort of take on Hercules.

I think a Hercules film could be pretty cool, but there’s already Clash of the Titans in the works along with several other similar projects. Why not produce something different? I really enjoy Peter Berg’s directing style, but why does everyone keep doing the same thing all the time? It just doesn’t make any sense to me.

Of course, I know nothing about the comic books series so maybe it’s just that good.