Hercules: The Russo Brothers Producing Latest Disney Live-Action Remake

Hercules (animated); Russo Bros.

by James White |
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Disney's effort to turn all of the company's animated outings into live-action (or CG, as with The Lion King) rumbles ever onwards. The latest to hit the remake list is Hercules, and the film already has creative folk attached, with news that Avengers Endgame directors Joe and Anthony Russo are aboard to produce and help find the right filmmaker.

And the MCU connections don't end there, as Dave Callaham, who wrote Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings, is attached to create the script. The 1997 movie was a musical fantasy retelling of the Hercules legend that featured plenty of the comedic and snappy banter of some of that era’s Disney animated movies. Tate Donovan voiced the demigod looking to reclaim his heroic stature while James Woods played Hades, the god plotting to overthrow Olympus.

That film went through years of tough development under the direction of Ron Clements and Jon Musker, with 18 credited writers for the story and screenplay. And what form the new version will take remains to be seen – especially whether the musical elements will make the transition.

Next up from the Mouse House on the live-action front is Mulan, which was delayed to 24 July, and we're still waiting to see if it keeps that date.

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