Hercules live-action remake to be produced by Russos

Hercules is getting the Disney live-action treatment and it will be produced by the guys behind Avengers: Endgame. The Hollywood Reporter confirms that Joe and Anthony Russo will be producing this project under their AGBO banner and David Callaham, who wrote the script for Marvel’s upcoming Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Ringswill be writing for the tale of the Greek hero.

The original animated film was released in 1997 and was a unique take on the legend of Heracles, including other mythological figures in the film while also giving it a modern sensibility. Among the notable deviations from mythology are the songs, with music from Alan Menken and lyrics by David Zippel. In particular, the songs performed by the muses, such as “Zero to Hero” and “A Star is Born” fall into the gospel genre. Hercules also has a big inspirational ballad in “Go the Distance” while the heroine Meg has the unforgettable bop “I Won’t Say I’m in Love.”

Hercules vs Hydra

It’s Herc vs. Hydra…get it?

Hercules will be joining the ranks of several of Disney’s live-action adaptations of its animated canon including Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, and Mulan. While Mulan has yet to be released because of the current global crisis, early reviews have been positive though the film does not have the musical numbers from its animated counterpart. Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and The Lion King all retained their original songs so it’s possible that Hercules might go down the same route.

Given the source material and the production team, Hercules also has a lot of potential to be a superhero-level action film. Not only does the Russos’ involvement guarantees this but also Callaham’s own background should seal the deal, since he has also worked on Wonder Woman 1984, The Expendables franchise, Zombieland: Double Tap, and is even working on the script for Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse 2.

How the team will balance out the action elements with the Broadway musical aspects of the story will be something to see. Aladdin managed this fairly well but there will be even more fantastical elements to Hercules. Given the current circumstances and the already delayed release dates of Disney films, it might take a while for this project to be produced but people have already started fan-casting.

Watch this space for more news about the live-action version of Hercules.