Avengers Endgame directors Joe and Anthony Russo are producing, but not directing the upcoming remake.
This year is turning out to be a treat for Disney fans with so many sequels and remakes coming our way! Recently, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Disney is finally developing a live-action remake of Hercules and we are absolutely delighted! With classic 90s movies like Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and The Lion King being re-imagined in the last few years, adding Hercules to the mix is definitely a brilliant decision.
Released in 1997, the animated movie tells the story of the titular mythological hero, Hercules. It's a musical fantasy adventure that has given fans some memorable tunes such as 'Zero to Hero' and 'Go the Distance'. It also featured a lot of comedic banter that is still loved to this day.
In lead roles, Tate Donovan voiced the role of Hercules and James Woods played Hades, the God who was planning to overthrow Olympus. With many years in development, the animated movie had gone through a lot of retooling. The original movie had 18 credited writers and it was directed by Ron Clements and Jon Musker. The live-action Hercules is in the early development stages and since this is being developed under the Mouse House, rumors have already started doing the rounds about the director. At present, only Russo Brothers are confirmed to be the producers of the movie. And no, they are not going to direct this remake, unfortunately.
There have also been several rumors about the casting. Fans have suggested Ariana Grande play Megara, the female lead. Idris Elba and Ryan Gosling’s names have also been suggested to play the lead roles. But yes, any official news regarding the cast is going to take a while.
It is not yet known if the live-action movie will concentrate on its musical element as the original or it will take on a new direction. Over the years, Disney has taken various approaches to its live-action remakes. The Lion King stayed true to its original concept and was a massive box office hit, whereas Mulan was loosely based on its 1998 original.
Meanwhile, ScreenRant reported that Dave Callaham will be in charge of writing the screenplay for the upcoming Hercules remake. It seems like adding Callaham to the project is mostly due to his stellar resume. Recently, he has co-written the scripts for upcoming movies such as Wonder Woman 1984, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, and the untitled Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse sequel. Callaham also has a lot of experience writing Marvel and DC comic book movies.
Now if it will be interesting to see since the live-action Aladdin found a way to keep most of the musical tracks in the movie and was also a major hit at the box office, will Hercules follow the same path? For now, all we can do is wait and hope the live-action Hercules will be as good as the real one.