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'Rush Hour' and 'X-Men: The Last Stand' director Brett Ratner is in talks with MGM to direct 'Hercules: The Thracian Wars,' based on a comic book by Steve Moore about the extraordinarily strong Greek hero.

Last year, reports surfaced that the director was putting together a 'Hercules' project at Millennium and Nu Image films. Ratner dismissed the rumors, insisting his next film would be 'Tower Heist,' an action comedy with an all-star cast that includes Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Casey Affleck, Zachary Levi, Matthew Broderick, Tea Leoni and Gabourey Sidibe.

With 'Tower Heist' completed and set to hit theaters on Nov. 4, Ratner can again focus on 'Hercules.' This film is reportedly a different one than he was originally developing, however. Ratner's new 'Hercules' comes from a script by Ryan Condal with Spyglass Entertainment financing.

According to Radical Publishing, Moore's 'Hercules' comics "take the hero of myth across the seas and into the supernatural lands of ancient Egypt. ... But while his band of mercenaries recovers from the bloody brutality of the Thracian Wars, they face a threat that cannot be solved so easily with the edge of a sword: palace intrigue, spies, assassination and the mystery of a death cult known only as...THE KNIVES OF KUSH."

Ratner's 'Hercules: The Thracian Wars' should land in theaters sometime next year.