The directors of Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame will be producing a Disney remake.
Let’s hope it’s zero to hero for this one. Because there are still more of Disney‘s animated films that are yet to receive redos, the House of Mouse has put into development a live-action remake of 1997 animated picture Hercules. Joe and Anthony Russo are reportedly attached to produce the film – but not direct – under their AGBO production banner.
THR broke the news, reporting that Disney has brought on Zombieland: Double Tap and Wonder Woman 1984 co-writer Dave Callaham to pen the screenplay. There’s no director on board as of yet, and as it’s still very early on the in the development process, nor are there any cast members being mentioned.
Could Disney possibly listen to a Change.org petition? A petition unfolded to have singer Ariana Grande play female lead Megara following her well-received rendition of the animated film’s “I Won’t Say I’m in Love” during The Disney Family Singalong. As for who could play Hercules himself, it’s anyone’s guess, with names like Ryan Gosling and Idris Elba being called from fans.
Again, it’s early on this one, and there’s no word as to whether or not Disney will be making it a musical. The original film’s song “Go the Distance” was nominated for a Best Original Song Academy Award.
The ’97 animated film – directed by The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and Moana helmers Ron Clements and Jon Musker – was initially a luke-warm performer for Disney, but ultimately had a decent box office draw with $US252 million earned worldwide from an estimated budget of $US85 million (as per Box Office Mojo). Hercules spawned a direct-to-video prequel titled Hercules: Zero to Hero, which served as the pilot to Disney television series Hercules: The Animated Series.
Take a look back at the trailer…