Millennium/Lionsgate have changed the name of Renny Harlin’s upcoming “Hercules” film, though the change is more a re-ordering of words than anything.
Originally titled “Hercules: The Legend Begins,” the film will now go by the moniker of “The Legend of Hercules”. Kellan Lutz stars as the mythical Greek hero and demigod in the film which was recently moved up from an early February to a January 10th 2014 release.
The title change comes after The NY Times ran a piece on the reported dispute earlier this week between this film and Brett Ratner’s “Hercules” film starring Dwayne Johnson which opens in July.
Paramount/MGM, who will release the Ratner version, say they have “title protection” for their film based on the registration of a 1983 film starring Lou Ferrigno as the character. Lionsgate argues that a title as commonly used as Hercules cannot be protectable considering dozens of other films have used the name Hercules in their title over the past century, such as Disney’s 1997 animated effort.