Live-action Disney remakes have been a bit of a hit-or-miss lately. Guy Ritchie, who last directed Aladdin in 2019 (a box office hit, as it crossed the $1 billion threshold at the global box office), is set to direct the newest addition to the roster, Hercules. Variety has reported that the Russo Brothers’ (Avengers: Endgame, The Gray Man) production company AGBO will be backing the project and it will be developed by Disney.
The writer attached to the project, Dave Callaham (who wrote Marvel Studios’ Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings), has created a first draft of the script and the next step is for the studio to find writers to bring onboard.
The original animated movie was a part of the Disney Renaissance period (1989-1999) and sat alongside Disney classics such as The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Mulan, Tarzan, Pocahontas, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
The 1997 film, directed by Ron Clements and Jon Musker, gave us a musical experience in the retelling of an age-old Greek myth. There’s no word on whether or not the live-action remake plans on including the musical pairings. While nearly all other live-action Disney remakes such as The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, The Jungle Book, and Aladdin have had musical numbers, the film Mulan was lacking.
Things look pretty good in terms of having the iconic Hercules songs, but like Mulan, they could go in another direction and focus more on the myth itself rather than the fun-loving songs to carry along the movie.
This isn’t the only Disney live-action remake in the pipeline. Rachel Zegler (West Side Story) and Gal Gadot are set to appear in the Marc Webb (The Amazing Spider-Man, The Amazing Spider-Man 2) retelling of Snow White as Snow White and the Evil Queen. Halle Bailey (of Chloe x Halle) is also making her Disney princess debut as Ariel in the remake of The Little Mermaid alongside Javier Bardem (No Country For Old Men) and Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids) which is set to release Memorial Day 2023.
Would you rather have the original Hercules songs by the music, or a more conceptual, visual album like Black is King?
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