On the heels of the breakout success of Warner’s “300,” Avi Lerner’s Millennium Films is delving into the live-action sword-and-sandals genre, developing a Hercules feature.
Lerner and Millennium’s Boaz Davidson, Danny Dimbort and Trevor Short are producing. Prexy of production Davidson and exec VP Joe Gatta developed the project based on the mythological Greek god.
Sean Hood (“Blackwell”) has already delivered a script, but the logline’s being kept under wraps. No director’s yet attached.
The saga of Hercules provided ample fodder for more than a dozen Italian movies, starting with “Hercules” in 1957 with Steve Reeves toplining. Syndicated series “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys,” starring Kevin Sorbo, first appeared in 1995; Disney released an animated “Hercules” film in 1997.
Millennium, the film production arm of Nu Image/Millennium, was active during Cannes, with Sony picking up North American and select international rights to Millennium’s “88 Minutes,” starring Al Pacino. Lerner also teamed with Jon Avnet to produce “Righteous Kill,” a $60 million indie that will star Pacino and Robert De Niro and put together by Millennium and Emmett/Furla Films.
Hood’s credits include “The Crow: Wicked Prayer,” “Breathtaker,” “The Watcher,” “Freshman Dorm” and “Halloween: Resurrection.”