The Russo brothers revealed in a new interview that the live-action adaptation of Disney’s acclaimed animation ‘Hercules’, produced by them and directed by Guy Ritchie, will be a more experimental musical that will take inspiration from short videos.
The 1997 animated version of ‘Hercules’ was adapted from Greek mythology, telling that Hercules, the son of Zeus, grew up on Earth as a human, but with infinite power, he fell in love with the human Megara, and cooperated with a womanizer named Phil to become A true hero, and to stop Hades from destroying the world.
Dave Callaham (‘The Expendables 3”’Shin Godzilla’) wrote the original script and Guy Ritchie polished the live-action film, which was produced by the Russo Brothers’ AGBO.
It’s always a victory for the art of cinema when filmmakers prostrate themselves before the almighty algorithm. Director-producer brothers Joe and Anthony Russo are working on a live-action adaptation of Hercules for Disney, and they opened up about the process of conceiving the new musical project to Variety, which profiled them earlier this week.
The trade quotes a Russo (without making it clear exactly which one, but most likely Joe) as saying, “There are questions about how you translate it as a musical. Audiences today have been trained by TikTok, right? What is their expectation of what that musical looks like and feels like? That can be a lot of fun and help us push the boundaries a little bit on how you execute a modern musical.”
Director Guy Ritchie, whose work on 2009’s Sherlock Holmes and 2011’s Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows cancel each other out, will be helming the project.