Producer Joe Russo said the script for Disney’s live-action Hercules reboot is nearing completion and teased a decade-long experience.
Disney’s live-action remake of Hercules is moving forward, as producer Joe Russo confirmed that the script was nearing completion and the film will kick off a possible franchise.
Talking with him Lights Camera Bar stool Podcast, Russo offered an update on the project, which he is producing with his brother, Anthony. “It’s still in development, the script is due out in a week. We’ve put a lot of time and care on it,” said Joe Russo.
Russo later teased that, as with the MCU, Disney hopes to build a franchise from Hercules. “They want to see something really cool that they want to get lost in for a decade, so our mission is to bring that experience to them,” Russo continued.
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The latest in a long line of live-action (or live-action / hybrid CGI) remakes of popular Disney movies, the remake of Hercules it was announced last year. The Russo brothers were quickly onboard as producers, marking their first project with Disney since Avengers Endgame. The script is being written by Dave Callaham, who wrote Wonder Woman 1984 and is working on Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings for Marvel Studios.
“I think you always have to bring something new to the table because from our perspective as storytellers, it’s not convincing for us to do a literal translation,” Anthony Russo said of the project last year. “We’ve already done it with our Marvel movies. We don’t do literal translations of the comics because we feel like if you want that story you can go read it. We’re going to give you a different story.”
In that same interview, Anthony said that music will play a role in the movie, though he forgot to confirm if it will be a musical or songs from the original Disney movie.
Released in 1997, the original Hercules it was an animated retelling of the demigod’s story, combining elements of Greek and Roman mythology with musical numbers. A commercial and critical success, the announcement of the remake attracted much attention from fans. Twitter quickly began to choose between fans of the film’s five Muses once the news broke, but no official casting announcements have been made at this time. The project also currently lacks a director and release date.
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