Renny Harlin — stop laughing — set to direct “Hercules 3D”

The finished Finnish filmmaker — maker of the bloodiest “Die Hard,” once married to Geena Davis, his career long down in the B-movie dumps — has landed the job of directing another sword and sorcery 3D film. “Hercules 3D” feels out of step and a day late, just from its title.

But Renny Harlin will helm the $70 million Millennium/MGM/Paramount project.

Things went truly South for him with “Cutthroat Island,” a misguided pirate movie starring his then-wife, Ms. Davis. Hollywood stopped trusting him with big budgets back in 2001, when the Stallone racing movie “Driven” bombed.  He’s been doing cut-rate horror (“The Covenant”) and WWE actioners (“12 Rounds”) and a lot of TV in recent years.

A comeback? Only if “Immortals” and the “Clash of the Titans” movies haven’t exhausted this genre, once again.

About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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