Kellan Lutz Film ‘Hercules: The Legend Begins’ Acquired by Summit

Kellan Lutz Film 'Hercules: The Legend Begins' Acquired by Summit

Studio has long relationship with the “Twilight” star

Summit Entertainment is back in the Kellan Lutz business now that it has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Millennium Films’ “Hercules: The Legend Begins.”

The “Twilight” star headlines the movie, which is directed by Renny Harlin of “Die Hard 2” and “Cliffhanger” fame. It's one of two projects based on the mythological hero currently making their way to the screen — the other, “Hercules,” stars Dwayne Johnson and is directed by Brett Ratner.

Summit will release Team Lutz's edition in 3D and good old two dimensions nationwide on Feb. 7, 2014.

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Lutz stars as the son of Zeus in the film, which finds him sold into slavery, and fighting to return to his true love, the Princess of Crete (played by Gaia Weiss).

In addition to appearing in all five “Twilight” movies for Summit, Lutz will next appear in “The Expendables 3” for Summit's parent company, Lionsgate.

The deal was negotiated on behalf of Lionsgate and Summit by Jason Constantine, Lionsgate's president of acquisitions and co-productions; Eda Kowan, Lionsgate's  senior vice president of acquisitions; Wendy Jaffe, Lionsgate's executive vice president of business & legal affairs for acquisitions & co-productions, and on behalf of Millennium by its chairman Avi Lerner and president Mark Gill.

  • Saw the trailer

    Watch the trailer at Apple Trailers…. this looks like the biggest garbage piece of crap probably wouldn't even be good enough for a Starz MOW.

    But then again, what do you expect from Renny Harlin, one of the worst directors of all time, probably up there with Uwe Boll now, who directed the biggest bomb of its time, CUTTHROAT ISLAND, as well as films the past few years you've never heard of, like DEVIL'S PASS, 5 DAYS OF WAR, and the COVENANT, and directed a film on racing, DRIVEN, that's even worse than Ron Howard's RUSH this year, if you can “Imagine” that.

    I'd say it's been a LONG time since his DIE HARD 2 & CLIFFHANGER fame.

    Seriously, what type of producer says — yes, I want to hire Renny Harlin to direct my $70M budgeted film on Hercules, when Brett Ratner is already doing one with The Rock, who could out-act Kellan Putz in his sleep?????

    Apologies for the bile that creeps up my throat when I read stories like this, but the waste in Hollywood is atrocious.

  • Nack Pame

    The trailer looked entertaining.

    Good move on Summit's part on acquiring the film, Kellan is on the verge of breaking into the big leagues for good.

    • Putz

      If you mean by the route of Taylor Lautner and ABDUCTION, which was also released by Lionsgate by the way, then sure, I agree. Lautner's wooden awful acting in that film basically killed his career. And HERCULES will do the same for Putz. He can't act. The trailer looks awful. But thanks for your thoughts, studio plant.