You know you've done a job well done when, as a rookie director, you've inspired some of Hollywood's other big-name players. We all knew that Zack Snyder's 300, like The Matrix, would eventually see some copycats.
One such film that will receive inspiration from 300 is Peter Berg's Hercules. Fortunately, it looks like this inspiration won't transpire into an overall look.
The good people at MTV Splash Page have caught up with Barry Levine to discuss the progression of Hercules from comicbook to film.
“It’s all about taste,” Levine said. “What would have ‘300’ been without Zack Snyder? He gave it a stylization. There were no stars. There didn’t need to be. If you have taste and you stay true to the concept and the characters, there’s a lot of embellishment you can do.”
Based on the five-issue mini-series by Steve Moore, newly hired screenwriter Ryan Condal’s version is about how Hercules, after the 12 Labours, has turned his back on the gods and teamed up with a group of men and women to fight for pay. “King Thrace hires them to train his army,” Levine said. “Hercules doesn’t question the king’s motives until he sees them practice on innocent people, and realizes that he’s a mad king, and they’re an army of the damned.”
Since Hercules: The Thracian Wars will be throwing out all the fantastical elements, does this mean Berg should throw out any chance of making this film PG-13? Looks like it, especially since this is the darkest of all the Hercules comics.