Guy Ritchie will direct Hercules Live-Action
The director of Disney’s Hercules Live-Action is Guy Ritchie according to reports. Hercules joins Disney’s line of animations that are turned into live action. Guy Ritchie is back in business with the studio after watching his live-action adaptation of Disney’s animation Aladdin become his first film to break the billion-dollar box office milestone. Moreover, the fans liked the movie a lot. This time he is in charge of a live-action adaptation of the Disney animated film Hercules.
For another live-action animated film adaptation, Disney returns to the CGI Cave of Wonders. Here, Guy Ritchie sleeps on a CGI magic carpet atop mountains and mountains of CGI wealth. According to Deadline, the Aladdin director is helming the studio’s 1997 fan-favorite live-action remake of Hercules Live-Action, which is overseen by the Callaham-Russos-Ritchie trio. Dave Callaham, who also wrote the upcoming Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse alongside Phil Lord and Chris Miller, is penning the first draft of the project’s script. He also wrote Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.
The Russo Brothers and Dave Callaham join Guy Ritchie for Hercules Live-Action
Avengers: Endgame directors Joe & Anthony Russo, production company, AGBO, are producing the film. After Dave Callaham completed a first draft, the studio is currently hiring writers. Before Ritchie left CAA and joined WME last month, the agency closed that deal.
The most recent project Ritchie worked on was an untitled action thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal that STX sold to MGM and Amazon. He recently completed writing, direction, and executive produce Operation Fortune: Cunning of war for STX, who star Jason Statham. To block, Store, and Of them Smoking Barrels served as the catalyst for Statham and At Ritchie’s ascent, who has been then followed by To tear out, Revolver, and Anger of Man.
Hercules is the 35th animated film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation. The film, directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, is considered a product of the Disney Renaissance. The film portrays the character of Tate Donovan, a young demigod torn from his parents, Zeus and Hera, and turned into a mortal. Hercules achieves hero status and the fame that comes with it with the help of the satyr Philoctetes (Danny DeVito). But Hercules quickly learns the difference between a fake hero and a real hero when he meets teenage Megara (Susan Egan). She works for Hades (James Woods).
Hercules initially did well at the box office
Disney’s original “Hercules” movie cost $85 million to make, but it grossed $252 million at the worldwide box office. It followed in the footsteps of other Disney classics that were adapted into hit live-action films, such as 1991’s “Beauty and the Beast,” 1992’s “Aladdin” and 1994’s The Lion King.
The Russo Brothers are currently preparing The Gray Man, a $200 million action movie that will hit Netflix in July. A trailer was released a few weeks ago. They have directed several Marvel films, including Avengers: Endgame. This film broke box office records and grossed $2.79 billion in ticket sales worldwide.
For all the different aspects that set Hercules apart from other Disney masterpieces of the time, it receives both praise and criticism. Hercules was a memorable film upon release due to its use of Greek myth, gospel chorus-infused soundtrack, Gerald Scarfe’s production design, and a script that strikes the right balance of humor and literal death. With ties to toys and video games, an animated series depicting the exploits of a young Hercules, and even a Broadway musical adaptation, people considered the film another box office hit. Even a sequel, according to Screenrant, was in the works, but they scrapped it in 2006. This happened after John Lasseter was appointed as Disney’s chief creative officer. Thereby, killing all subsequent Disney sequels.
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