Renny Harlin ("Cliffhanger," "Deep Blue Sea") is set to direct the $70 million-budget "Hercules 3D" at Millennium Films.
Millennium has been developing this revisionist take on the legend since 2007. Sean Hood and Hanna Weg penned the script which ditches the comic book and fantasy elements in favour of a "Gladiator" and "Troy"-style approach.
Eight leading roles are expected to be in the next few weeks, with production aiming to begin this coming May in Sofia, Bulgaria.
The aim is to get the film in theaters by March 2014, ahead of Brett Ratner's rival "Hercules" film at Paramount and MGM. That film stars Dwayne Johnson and is set for an August 8th 2014 release, and is expected to have more of a fantasy tone.
Les Weldon and Danny Lerner are producing.