Director Guy Ritchie, director of the 2019 live action remake of Aladdin, will be helming a remake of the 1997 Disney film Hercules. With Disney running low on animated films to do live action remakes of we were bound to eventually get some news of this one.
Guy Ritchie is also known for 2009’s Sherlock Holmes (and its 2011 sequel), 2015’s The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and 2017’s King Arthur: The Legend of the Sword. He will most likely bring more of the same feel his version of Aladdin had to this upcoming version of Hercules.
The production company behind the film will be AGBO, the same company that is ran by the famous Russo Brothers duo of directors. The company was founded in 2016 and began producing films after the two brothers finished their work on Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. Writer Dave Callaham, known for 2005’s Doom, 2020’s Wonder Woman 1984, 2021’s Mortal Kombat and the upcoming Masters of the Universe film will be writing the script.
Funny enough this director’s choice kinda makes sense in a sort of cosmic way. In the 1990s there were two television shows for the Disney Afternoon block. One was based on Aladdin and the other was on Hercules. Due to the same production team was working on both shows they decided to have a crossover between the two. Perhaps with the same director helming both series this crossover could potentially happen again.
With the story of Hercules being as well known as it is you can definitely expect plenty of imitators. One well known example of multiple Hercules films was in 2014 which saw both The Legend of Hercules by Lionsgate and Hercules by Paramount release theatrically near each other.
What do you think the live action version of Hercules will be like? Will it have more songs or do you thunk it will focus more on the action?
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