Guy Ritchie, who directed Aladdin, has been tapped to helm Disney’s live-action Hercules adaptation.
The 1997 animated fantasy, which was based on the identical Greek epic, followed the voyage of Zeus and Hera’s son Hercules after he is taken from Mount Olympus.
Hercules stars Danny DeVito as Phil, James Woods as Hades, Susan Hegan, Rip Torn, Samantha Eggar, Bobcat Goldthwait, Matt Frewer, Hal Holbroo, and Barbara Barrie, with Tate Donovan playing the title character.
The Little Mermaid directors Ron Clements and John Musker helmed the 1997 release, which received generally favourable reviews from critics and viewers.
However, the movie underperformed at the box office in comparison to other Disney productions, only earning $252.7 million globally.
Hercules is still universally regarded as a classic in the House of Mouse’s collection, and it now appears to be making a significant comeback.
According to Deadline, Disney is moving forward with its live-action Hercules film remake and has hired Guy Ritchie, the director of Aladdin, to helm the project.
Following Dave Callaham’s early draught for the remake of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, the studio is allegedly currently looking for a writer for the project.
Joe and Anthony Russo, who worked together on Avengers: Endgame, will produce the live-action Hercules under their AGBO production label.
Ritchie is one of the select few directors in the studio to have overseen three live-action remakes, which is interesting given his selection to head Disney’s live-action Hercules feature.