‘Herc’ prequel video sets stage for new U series

Universal Television has discovered the child within its syndie hit “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.”

U is at work on a direct-to-video prequel to its highly rated action hour that is intended to also serve as a pilot for a series to be shopped to network and cable outlets. “Young Hercules” could retrace the footsteps of its forebears “Hercules” and “Xena: Warrior Princess” by going the firstrun distribution route.

U officials said the video is targeted for release next year, with the series hopefully premiering in fall 1998.

The plotline for the “Young” homevideo finds the young teen Greek demigod teaming with Jason & the Argonauts in their search for the Golden Fleece. Young Herc battles his evil half brother Ares and befriends Iolaus, a character featured in the existing “Hercules” series.

The “Young Hercules” video/pilot is being executive produced by “Hercules” and “Xena” creators Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert. Newcomer Ian Bohen has landed the lead role.

U’s plans for a third spinoff of “Hercules,” which yielded the equally successful “Xena” in fall 1995, underscores the importance of the Raimi/Tapert franchise to the studio. A new Universal Studios Florida attraction, “Hercules & Xena: Wizards of the Screen,” opens July 10, and animated homevideo release “Hercules & Xena — The Animated Movie: The Battle for Mount Olympus” is due out by the end of the year.

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Digital News from Variety