Disney's 'Hercules' to get live action remake from the Russo brothers

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A still from Disney's <em>Hercules</em>. (Disney)
A still from Disney's Hercules. (Disney)

Disney is reportedly working on a live-action remake of its 1997 animated classic Hercules.

Joe and Anthony Russo, the filmmakers behind Avengers: Endgame and Infinity War, are set to produce the film but not direct, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

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The outlet says the project is in its early stages and no casting decisions have been made. Dave Callaham, writer of The Expendables trilogy, Wonder Woman 84 and Marvel’s Shang-Chi has been hired to write the script.

Musical fantasy Hercules was an animated retelling of the Greek legend and its titular hero, the son of Zeus.

Michael Bolton, Paul Shaffer, Tate Donovan, Susan Egan, Matt Frewer and Bobcat Goldthwait at the premiere of <em>Hercules</em>. (Photo by Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
Michael Bolton, Paul Shaffer, Tate Donovan, Susan Egan, Matt Frewer and Bobcat Goldthwait at the premiere of Hercules. (Photo by Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)

Tate Donovan voiced Hercules, who was forced to live on Earth as a demi-God after being snatched from Olympus as a baby by Hades, the lord of the underworld played by James Woods.

Danny DeVito starred as Philoctetes, Hercules's mentor while Susan Egan voiced the hero's love interest, Megara.

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A potential remake was touted recently when Ariana Grande performed the original film's song I Won't Say I'm In Love during the The Disney Family Singalong.

One fan set up an online petition demanding Disney cast her as Megara in any remake.

Disney has a recent track record of remaking its classic films.

Last year's The Lion King was an almost photorealistic interpretation that stuck closely to the original, while Mulan, delayed due to the coronavirus, is set to be a looser adaption of the 1998 film.

Other remakes currently in development at Disney include The Little Mermaid starring Melissa McCarthy as Ursula, Cruella (a 101 Dalmatians spin-off starring Emma Stone), Peter Pan & Wendy from David Lowery, Snow White from Marc Webb, Pinocchio from Robert Zemeckis, plus new versions of Sword In The Stone, Robin Hood, Lilo and Stitch, Hunchback of Notre Dame and Bambi.

Hercules is now streaming on Disney+.

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