Are you ready for yet another live-action remake of a beloved Disney classic?
According to Deadline, Guy Ritchie will direct the upcoming live-action adaptation of Disney’s 1997 animated film Hercules. Ritchie previously directed 2019’s Aladdin, which was also a live-action remake of a beloved animated film from the Disney Renaissance.
Joe and Anthony Russo’s AGBO is producing the film, which has also hired Dave Callaham to write the first draft of the screenplay. AGBO is in the process of hiring additional writers.
The 1997 Hercules film “a musical retelling of the Hercules legend, with music by Alan Menken. Tate Donovan voiced the lead role, alongside Susan Egan as his love interest, Megara, and James Woods as Hades, who kidnaps the demigod Hercules as a baby and forces him to live alongside mortals. Hercules is assisted by the satyr Philoctetes (Danny DeVito), who teaches him to use his superhuman strength to prove himself worthy of living among the gods on Mount Olympus.”
It is unknown at this time who might star in the live-action remake, but please feel free to Google some online fan-casting to see some truly bizarre and terrible actor picks. For an amazing fan-casting, why not check out the one I did back in 2020. (I’m kidding, slightly. I actually still like these picks two years later.)
For anyone worried the upcoming Hercules film will be a shot-for-shot remake, Anthony Russo put fans’ minds to ease already in May 2020 when the project was first announced:
“Well, I think you always have to bring something new to the table because from our perspective as storytellers, it’s not compelling for us to do a literal translation. We’ve already done that with our Marvel films. We don’t do literal translations of the comics because we feel like if you want that story you can go read that story. We’re going to give you a different story. I think we’ll do something that’s in the vein of the original and inspired by it, but we also bring some new elements to the table.”
Hercules does not have a release date at this time. We’ll keep you posted.
What do you think of Guy Ritchie directing Hercules?