Disney is planning to recreate Hercules as a live-action movie. In a period of last several years Disney has gone back to creating the live-action remakes of the most beloved Disney titles like Cinderella, The Beauty and the Beast,The Lion King and the most recent Aladdin but Disney is also developing several other remakes, with a live-action take on Hercules that will be produced by the Russo Brothers.
Directors Anthony and Joe Russo say they are huge fans of the original “Hercules” but their live-action take on the 1997 animated classic will not be a scene by scene remake.
“Both us and our kids are Hercules fanatics. And we had heard that Disney was interested in revisiting it and we’re in love with the original. And we made a case as to why we felt we would be right to produce that film and here we are”Anthony Russo (Source:Collider)
The directors are not sure whether the remake will be a musical or not.
Disney’s upcoming remake of Mulan has drawn some attention of the fans since the remake has shifted from its original musical to a more realistic war film vibe therefore just like this the Hercules remake could also stand out because it will different from any other Disney movie.
One of the reasons that Hercules should definitely have a remake is that it can have a sequel many Disney films cannot have sequel but Hercules being a Greek/Roman mythology gives the perfect chances of expecting a sequel. Disney can make sequels for any movies they want but some movies are more naturally fit for continuations than the other, for example Aladdin can better suited for a sequel but The beauty and the beast cannot.Similarly Hercules can have surplus stories.
Maybe news Gods can play new roles in Hercules 2? There are tons of stories that could be told by drawing inspiration from Greek mythology, taking inspiration from Hercules:The Legendary Journeys, TV series we know that there can be various stories to tell.
The remake on a mythology movie would definitely have an edge because we lately seen a lot of Disney princess movie remakes although we are in much love with those but something new like Hercules will attract much audience.The cast for Hercules can be quite attractive as well because there are enormous number of characters.
Something new like God of the Underworld,Zeus and his lightening bolts, Hercules battling the hydras and the Cyclops, flying horses and the Hercules fighting the army of titans defeating Hades and reuniting with his love Megara. Unlike any other Disney live-action movie Hercules can be a blockbuster all overall because it will an out of box movie just like the lion king , the jungle book etc.
“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.”Anthony Russo(Source:Collider)
Disney has hired Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings writer Dave Callaham to work on the live-action remake of the 1997 Hercules Disney animation , he has also worked on Into the Spider verse 2 and Wonder Women 1984.
The cast of 1997 Disney’s original Hercules included Tate Donovan,Danny DeVito, James Woods, Susan Egan, Rip Torn,Tate Donovon etc , the movie got positive critical reviews and collected a total of over $252 million worldwide. Hercules was the third-to-last movie of the Disney Renaissance, where Mulan and Tarzan were the two last movies of the Disney Renaissance.
This Disney live-action might prove to be one of the most different of them all, although we love all of them so much still there might be a something quite catchy and thrilling about this mythological remake, after all we all want to see the sequels as well, we also want to explore whether Hercules might ever return to the Olympus again or whether there might be other God’s or not.