The Legend of Hercules

hercules2Director: Renny Harlin
Production: Millennium

In Ancient Greece 1200 B.C., a queen succumbs to the lust of Zeus to bear a son promised to overthrow the tyrannical rule of the king and restore peace to a land in hardship. But this prince, Hercules, knows nothing of his real identity or his destiny. He desires only one thing: the love of Hebe, Princess of Crete, who has been promised to his own brother. When Hercules learns of his greater purpose, he must choose: to flee with his true love or to fulfill his destiny and become the true hero of his time. The story behind one of the greatest myths is revealed in this action-packed epic – a tale of love, sacrifice and the strength of the human spirit. 

Status: pre-production


Notes and images

When we first started the prep on Hercules, I started researching the actual period 1200 BC. Then I started looking at paintings from the 15th century onwards on ancient Greece. I fell in love with Alma Tadema's paintings of ancient Greece. He depicts ancient Greece with a modern feel. The women's costumes, although true to the period, seemed contemporary. I loved the armour that I saw in 15th century paintings. The Legend of Hercules was shot in 3D film, so we worked on the tiny details, trimmings, metal work and jewellery for the film. We even did metal decorations on the actors' shoes which were all handmade by a shoemaker in Italy. I draped all the costumes on mannequins and tried to avoid stitching as much as we could.


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