Hercules will be battling some formidable foes at the box office. The Brett Ratner-directed, Dwayne Johnson-starring epic has just moved up two weeks on the calendar, from August 8, 2014 to July 25, 2014. While there are currently no other releases scheduled for that new date, the film will be up against the second weeks of The Hobbit: There and Back Again and X-Men: Days of Future Past, both due out July 18. [THR]

After the jump, read about new release dates for Will Gluck and Quvenzhané Wallis’ Annie, Woody Harrelson and Owen Wilson’s Turkeys, and the next Nicholas Sparks adaptation.

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It’s been about a year since Dwayne Johnson first signed on to play the titular hero of Brett Ratner‘s Hercules, but now that the project actually has a set release date it’s really picking up steam.

The film has just added Aksel Hennie in the part of Tydeus, one of Hercules’ allies. The actor has gained acclaim in his native Norway as the star of Headhunters and Max Manus, and is now poised to cross over into the U.S. Hercules will be his first major studio role. Hit the jump for more details.

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Weeks after MGM and Paramount announced a summer 2014 release for their Hercules project with director Brett Ratner and star Dwayne Johnson, Millennium has set a spring 2014 date for its own take on the hero. This one comes from Die Hard 2 helmer Renny Harlin and will be in 3D, as evidenced by its title Hercules 3D. No stars are attached as of yet, but look for that to change soon as the project barrels toward a May start. More details after the jump.

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Briefly: Ratner. Rock. August 2014. Brett Ratner‘s latest film, Herclues, an adaptation of Steve Moore‘s graphic novel Hercules: The Thracian Wars has been given an August 8, 2014 release date. It’ll star Dwayne Johnson as the legendary hero and be in theaters a week after James Gunn’s Marvel adventure Guardians of the Galaxy. Read more about the film here. [Deadline]

When Dwayne Johnson was a WWE wrestler known as The Rock, one of his catch phrases was “Know your role.” Today, The Rock knows not one, but two roles. He’s confirmed to star in Hercules for director Brett Ratner and will also topline Ciudad, an action thriller based on an upcoming graphic novel by the Russo Brothers. Read much more about both projects below. Read More »

Dwayne Johnson in Talks for Brett Ratner’s ‘Hercules’

A couple of years ago, Brett Ratner signed on to direct a Hercules film at Millennium/Nu Image.  That one never quite worked out, but he seems to be having much better luck with that other Hercules project he boarded last spring. At least this one’s gotten as far as casting, and with a pretty big name at that. Dwayne Johnson is reportedly in talks to star as the Greek demigod in MGM’s Hercules, an adaptation of Steve Moore‘s graphic novel Hercules: The Thracian Wars. More details after the jump.

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Almost exactly a year ago, Brett Ratner was attached to direct a Millennium/Nu Image film based on the legend of Heracles/Hercules. The film was in development for years, but after Brett Ratner was attached to direct that he went on to make Tower Heist, and we haven’t heard much about Hercules at all.

Now the Ratner/Hercules pairing returns, but in different form. this time housed at MGM and going under the name Hercules: The Thracian Wars. Read More »

MGM is taking more steps foward. Bond 23 and The Hobbit are finally looking like real projects, and the studio just announced that it will co-finance Paramount’s Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters.

Now Variety says that the studio is pushing forward on development of remakes of RoboCop and Mr. Mom, the former being a project that got under way during MGM’s previous administration. There may be other remakes and sequels on the way from the studio, too. Read More »

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