Disney’s live-action remake is in hot water, and news broke Thursday that the 1997 animated film Hercules will be a live-action version, with the Russell brothers expected to be the film’s director (but not the director), according tomedia The Verge. Also involved in the project are Dave Callaham, who has written Wonder Woman 1984 and The On the Furious screenplay.
The 1997 film Hercules tells the story of how Zeus’ son, Heiglis, became a superhero. Heglis was banished from Mount Olympus for his evil plot by The Under Lord Hades and demoted to mortality. With Danny Devito’s help, he must understand how to become a true hero.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the project is still in its early stages, and it’s not clear whether actors, directors and even remakes will become musicals like original animated productions. It was not immediately clear whether Disney planned to make the live version of Hercules in theaters or make it a Disney-plus movie.
Over the past few years, Disney has enjoyed considerable commercial success with its live-action remakes. Films such as “Sleeping Charms,” “Cinderella” and “Fantastic Forest” brought hundreds of millions of dollars to the company’s box office, while films such as Alice in Wonderland, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and The Lion King all hit the $1 billion global box office mark worldwide.
The company has also started releasing live movies on Disney Plus, such as The Miss and the Rogue, a major launch of the service. The upcoming Robin Hood live version, the star-studded reality version, and the spin-off of the live-action movie Aladdin are also reportedly scheduled to be available on the streaming service.