Disney has been making the live-action adaptations of their animated classics for a number of years now, but they’re not slowing down anytime soon. One of the many projects in development is live-action Hercules movie set to be instructed by Guy Ritchie. Avengers: Endgame directors Joe and Anthony Russo are producing through their AGBO production banner, and they gave an update on the project while speaking with Variety.
One of the more common complaints leveled at Disney’s live-action adaptations is that they tend to stick too closely to their animated source material, but Joe Russo says that Hercules will bea little bit more experimental in tone, a little bit more experimental in execution.Russo added,I think they’re excited to see what we can all bring to it in a way that’s not just a reinterpretation of the animated film.“Guy Ritchie is currently working on an adaptation of the script by David Callaham, and Russo said that”Guy is perfect for it because he has a penchant for experimentation.“
Like its animated predecessor, Joe Russo says it Hercules will be a musical, adding that TikTok can serve as an unlikely inspiration. “There are questions about how you translate it as a musical,Russo said. “The audience today has been trained by TikTok, right? What are their expectations of how the musical looks and feels? It can be a lot of fun and help us push the boundaries a little bit on how you do a modern musical.“
The original Hercules the film featured the voices of Tate Donovan, Danny DeVito, Susan Egan and James Woods as Hades, Lord of the Underworld. Here is the synopsis of the original film:Disney tackles Greek mythology in this animated film. Hercules (Donovan), a son of a god, was abducted as a baby by Hades (Woods) and forced to live among mortals as a half-man, half-god. Now Hercules is a teenager and must perform a rite of passage on Earth to prove himself worthy of living with the gods on Olympus. With his clever satyr sidekick, Philoctetes (DeVito), along for the ride, Hercules must learn to use his strength to defeat a variety of evil creatures.“