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‘Hercules’ Battle Starting Jan. 10 as Lionsgate Moves Epic Forward

First 'Hercules' title had been set for Feb. 7

Lionsgate is moving “Hercules: The Legend Begins” forward a month to Jan. 10, where the actioner will be the only new wide release.

The studio’s dating move came three days after it acquired U.S. rights to the Millennium Films movie. It had dated the Kellan Lutz action-adventure for Feb. 7, where it would have faced the openings of Warner’s “Lego” and Sony’s “Monuments Men.”

Hercules: The Legend Begins” will now open six months before Paramount opens “Hercules,” starring Dwayne Johnson.

The Jan. 10 date will also see expansion of a trio of titles in limited release — Universal’s “Lone Survivor,” Warner Bros.’ Spike Jonze film “Her” and TWC’s “One Chance.”

“Hercules: The Legend Begins” is directed by Renny Harlin from Daniel Giat’s screenplay and will be released in 3D and 2D nationwide. The origins story will track Hercules as he’s betrayed by his king, sold into slavery and fighting for his freedom to return to his true love, the Princess of Crete (played by Gaia Weiss).

“Hercules,” directed by Brett Ratner, is a co-production between MGM and Paramount. That film is based on Radical Studio’s graphic novel “Hercules: The Thracian Wars,” set in a world without the supernatural in which Hercules is a tormented soul who walked the earth, finding his only solace in bloody battle.

Lionsgate will release “Hercules: the Legend Begins” through its Summit label.

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