Disney Developing Live-Action ‘Hercules’ Remake, Russo Bros. to Produce

Disney has officially set their sights on another animated classic that will get the live-action remake treatment: Hercules.

Yesterday, The DisInsider broke the news that Disney has put a remake of Hercules into development, mentioning that it will be a musical, and will get a theatrical release.

Today, THR dropped a story of their own, saying that Disney has tapped The Russo Bros. (best known for directing four MCU films including Avengers: Endgame) to produce, and has Shang-Chi and Wonder Woman 1984 scribe Dave Callaham penning the script.

The original 1997 film debuted near the end of the Disney Renaissance, a period commonly remembered as Disney’s strongest decade for filmmaking. The movie is a musical-retelling of the legendary hero Heracles (known in the film by his Roman name, Hercules), the son of Zeus, in Greek mythology.

Hercules was directed by Ron Clements and John Musker and has a massive 17 writers credited on the film. Not surprisingly, it went through significant revamping as development carried on. Hopefully this iteration of the story requires less cooks in the kitchen.

The Russo Bros. are not reportedly in talks to direct the film, but DisInsider’s article notes that the brothers are apparently huge fans of the animated classic. THR did not list any potential names for who the mouse house could be looking at to direct either.

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