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There's no one else in Hollywood right now I could even picture playing Hercules other than Dwayne Johnson. Fortunately I'm not the only one who feels that way, as director Brett Ratner has tapped the former WWE star for the title role in his upcoming film.

Variety is reporting that Ratner and MGM have closed a deal with Johnson to have him play the lead in "Hercules." Not much is known about the project other than the fact it's an adaptation of Steven Moore's 2008 graphic novel "Hercules: The Thracian War." From what I know about that comic, that means there's going to be a lot of ruthless badassdom in this upcoming movie.

But that's not the only comic book project Johnson is interested in. Click on after the jump to find out more about his other film, "Ciudad."


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Anthony and Joe RussoWhile it might seem like an unlikely pairing, Variety reports that "You, Me and Dupree" directing duo Anthony and Joe Russo will be writing a grim graphic novel for Oni Press about a hostage negotiator navigating one of South America's most dangerous cities, as well as adapting the story for film.

According to the trade, "Ciudad" tells the tale of "a weary hostage extractor who travels to Paraguay's Ciudad del Este, a border town considered one of the world's most dangerous and corrupt locales, to save a kidnap victim."

Popular "Green Arrow" artist Ande Parks is teamed with the Russos for the print project, which is scheduled for a 2009 release from Oni. Paramount Pictures will produce the "Ciudad" film.

What do you think about this type of simultaneous comic/film project? Sound off in the comment section!


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