Paramount’s Hercules will be available on Digital HD tomorrow, October 21, and we’ve got your first look at an extended scene! The Brett Ratner-directed film will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on November 4.
In the action adventure, when a terrifying new enemy threatens the innocent, Hercules (Dwayne Johnson) and his fearless team of warriors must lead their army in a battle against overwhelming odds.
Hercules also stars Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Joseph Fiennes, Peter Mullan, John Hurt, Rebecca Ferguson, Ingrid Bolso Berdal, Aksel Hennie and Reece Ritchie.
Dwayne Johnson can’t stop smiling at the premiere of his film of Hercules held at the Wanda CBD on Thursday (October 16) in Beijing, China.
Earlier in the day, the trio attended a press conference to promote the hit action film!
“Every year only 34 movies are allowed into CHINA – the biggest film market in the world outside of the US. Truly an honor to be here and give back the love I’ve received from this amazing countryover the years. #BEIJING #BeautifulCulture #ProudCulture #HERCULESWorldTour,” The Rock tweeted.
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I want to give a shout to Oskar Ankarudd for sending me the beautiful Dwayne Johnson ‘HERCULES’ graphic. I’m looking to see more awesome artwork from him. Again, thank Oskar! :)
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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is focused mainly on movies these days, but he’s still got what it takes to kick some butt in the wrestling ring!
On Monday, the 42-year-old wrestler-turned-actor proved just that when he made a surprise return to WWE Raw at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. Much to delight of the cheering fans, the Rock took on Rusev, a controversial anti-American character played by Miroslav Barnyashev, and Lana, Rusev’s equally controversially manager who is played by C.J. Perry.
Before issuing a proper smackdown, though, The Rock recounted his journey back to New York. Speaking in third person, he told his Russian adversaries, “The Rock went to the Bronx so he could show respect to the captain and say Derek Jeter!” He led the crowd as they chanted the retired Yankees captain’s name.
He then triumphantly exclaimed, “The Rock has come back to Brooklyn!”
This didn’t sit well with Lana, who fired back, “Who do you think you are? Coming in here and interrupting the great Rusev? You need to shut up!”
Rusev then proceeded to call the Rock “an American piece of garbage,” telling him, “Leave now, or I will crush you!”
“Is that what you think?” The Rock snapped. “You think you’re just gonna crush The Rock? It doesn’t matter what you think.”
“Enough,” spat Lana. “Just like the great Vladimir Putin [Russia's president] once said, the Comrade Wolf knows whom to eat, and right now, Rusev is hungry.”
“And just like the great Jay Z once said, Allow me to reintroduce myself,” The Rock began. “I am the Jabroni-beating, pie-eating, trailblazing, eyebrow-raising, talking is done, you’re out of your class, no sleep ’til Brooklyn, The Rock whoops your ass!”
And from there, the punches were thrown! Any guesses who came out on top?
Paramount is moving forward with its big-screen adaptation of Baywatch and has loosely attached Dwayne Johnson for beach patrol duties. The studio also has hiredJustin Malen to rewrite and has attached the hot comedy writing team of Sean Anders and John Morris (We’re the Millers) to direct.
Montecito Pictures is producing along withBeau Flynn. Tripp Vinson is executive producing. Hiram Garcia, who is Johnson’s producing partner, will serve in some producing capacity.
Johnson has long been rumored to head up aBaywatch movie, and the oft-shirtless star would seem a perfect fit for the action film that takes place along the perilous shores of Santa Monica. In fact, the Fast & Furious star is no stranger to showing off his abs as he did in the titular role in Hercules, which opened in July.
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Paramount has been trying to mount a Baywatch movie for years and has begun to ramp up its efforts. A number of previous writers have taken a crack at the script including Jeremy Garelick andPeter Tolan. At one point the action was set to revolve around a series of shark attacks that led the Baywatch team to investigate a drug-smuggling operation. It is unclear what Malen’s take will be for the latest version.
Malen has become an in-demand writer after his 2011 Blacklist script Bastards became a hot comedy property. Montecito will produce that film, and Alcon will finance. Malen also wrote the sequel to Bad Teacher for Sony, with Cameron Diaz attached to star.
Johnson, who recently shot the action film San Andreas for producer Flynn as well as Fast & Furious 7, is repped by WME, manager Dany Garcia of The Garcia Companies and attorneys Bianca Levin and Harold Brown.
Malen is handled by Verve and DMG Entertainment.
Anders and Morris, whose writing credits include Horrible Bosses 2, are represented by Mosaic and attorney Todd Rubenstein.
Paramount declined comment.
Because Dwayne Johnson doesn’t have enough action/adventure franchises already, he could find himself with yet another one on his hands. The actor has confirmed he’ll star inThe Janson Directive, based on the book by Bourne author Robert Ludlum. Akiva Goldsman is writing the script.
Hit the jump for more on the Dwayne Johnson Janson Directive casting.
Reports that Johnson could lead The Janson Directive began circulating in July. Then this week, Johnson himself announced the casting on Twitter.
Naturally, Universal Pictures is hoping this leads to a full-fledged franchise with Johnson at the center. It’ll be one of many. He currently has major roles in the Fast & Furious, G.I. Joe, and Journey to the Center of the Earth series.
On top of that, he has several more potentially brewing. He recently booked a lead role in Warner Bros. / DC’s Shazam adaptation, and his upcoming San Andreas has beendescribed as a possible franchise-starter as well.
This summer’s Hercules was also supposed to lead to a new film series, though as of now there’s no word on a sequel. Basically, everyone everywhere wants Dwayne Johnson to star in everything, at least as long as it involves toting a gun or flexing his biceps.
The Janson Directive will feature Johnson as Paul Janson, a former Navy SEAL and legendary spy who leaves the U.S. government to start his own agency. However, he finds himself being hunted down by his own former bosses. To save himself, he must get to the bottom of a massive conspiracy.
That description sounds more than a little Bourne-esque, and it’s worth noting that theBourne movies are set up at Universal too. The studio hasn’t mentioned the possibility of a crossover, but given the current craze for “Marvel-style” cinematic universe it wouldn’t be so surprising if they tried to unite the threads eventually.
Goldsman is coming off of his directorial debut Winter’s Tale, which he also scripted based on the book by Mark Helprin. In 2002, Goldsman won an Oscar for scripting Ron Howard’sA Beautiful Mind. The Janson Directive does not yet have a director or release date.