Guy Ritchie to Direct Live-Action Remake of ‘Hercules’!
Ritchie will direct the remake based on the 1997 classic, after previously directing Disney’s 2019 live-action ‘Aladdin.’
Guy Ritchie to Direct Live-Action Remake of ‘Hercules’
Guy Ritchie has boarded Disney’s planned live-action adaptation of Hercules. Ritchie will direct the remake based on 1997 original, The Hollywood Reporter has revealed.
Aladdin, the live-action remake that Ritchie directed for Disney in 2019 and which grossed more than one billion dollars worldwide, was one of his earlier films.
Dave Callaham, who authored Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, penned a first draft of the script. The studio is now in the midst of searching for authors for the project.
Joe and Anthony Russo, the filmmakers of Avengers: Endgame and Infinity War, are going to produce the picture via their AGBO label.
The original 1997 film, directed by Ron Clements and Jon Musker, featured a musical retelling of the Greek epic in which the hero must save Olympus from the God of the Underworld, Hades.
Tate Donovan voiced Hercules, while James Woods portrayed Hades. It is unknown whether the new take on Hercules will preserve the original’s musical aspects.
The remake is the latest live-action feature to enter the Disney schedule. Rachel Zegler is in talks to play Snow White in a reimagining of the fairy tale that will be directed by Marc Webb and will feature Gal Gadot in the role of the Evil Queen.
Meanwhile, Disney’s live-action remake of The Little Mermaid, which stars Javier Bardem, Melissa McCarthy, and Halle Bailey as Ariel, will release on Memorial Day Weekend next year.
Guy Ritchie to Direct Live-Action ‘Hercules’ Film for Disney and AGBO
Variety has announced that Guy Ritchie, who helmed Disney’s “Aladdin” in 2019, will direct the upcoming live-action adaptation of the 1997 film “Hercules.”
As previously reported by Variety, Joe and Anthony Russo’s AGBO is producing the project being produced by Disney, which has enlisted action specialist Dave Callaham to write the first script.
The AGBO is currently hiring additional writers. Recently, Ritchie shot an untitled action thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal.
He wrote, directed, and executive produced STX’s “Operation Fortune: Ruse de guerre,” which was originally slated for release in the first few months of 2022 but has since been delayed without a new release date being announced.
The agreement was made by the CAA. Ritchie left the firm for WME last month. Matt Saver is his lawyer.
Ron Clements and John Musker directed the original animated “Hercules” as a musical version of the Hercules narrative, with music by Alan Menken.
Tate Donovan provided the voice of the protagonist, while Susan Egan provided the voice of his love interest, Megara, and James Woods provided the voice of Hades, who kidnaps the infant Hercules and forces him to live among mortals.
Hercules receives assistance from the satyr Philoctetes (Danny DeVito), who instructs him on how to use his superhuman strength to show he is worthy of residing on Mount Olympus.
The original “Hercules” picture by Disney had a budget of $85 million and grossed $252 million worldwide. It joined Disney predecessors such as “Beauty and the Beast” (1991), “Aladdin” (1992), and “The Lion King” (1994), which were all adapted into profitable live-action pictures.
The Russo Brothers are presently preparing for the July premiere of “The Gray Man,” an action thriller with a budget of $200 million that is Netflix’s most expensive film to date.
They have directed a number of Marvel films, with “Avengers: Endgame” breaking box office records and grossed $2.79 billion globally. The deadline was the first to announce that Guy Ritchie will direct “Hercules.”