Guy Ritchie to direct action movie ‘Hercules’
Los Angeles, June 19 (IANS): Filmmaker Guy Ritchie, who directed Disney’s “Aladdin” in 2019, is set to direct the next live-action adaptation of the 1997 film “Hercules.”
According to Variety, which previously reported, “Avengers: Endgame” directors Joe and Anthony Russo are producing the movie being developed by Disney, which has hired action guru Dave Callaham to write an early draft. AGBO is in the process of hiring additional editors.
Ritchie recently filmed an untitled action thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal.
He wrote, directed and produced ‘Operation Fortune: Ruse of War,’ which was supposed to be released in the early months of 2022, but has since been pushed back without an official release date, ‘Variety’ reports.
The original “Hercules” animation was produced by Ron Clements and John Musker as a musical retelling of the legend of Hercules, with music by Alan Menken.
Tate Donovan voiced the lead role, alongside Susan Egan as her love interest Megara and James Woods as Hades, who kidnaps demigod Hercules as a baby and forces him to live alongside mortals.
Hercules is assisted by the satyr Philoctetes (Danny DeVito), who teaches him how to use his superhuman strength to prove himself worthy of living among the gods of Mount Olympus.
Disney’s original “Hercules” movie had an $85 million budget and earned $252 million at the worldwide box office. It joined Disney predecessors including 1991’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’, ‘Aladdin’ and ‘The Lion King,’ all of which were remade as lucrative live-action films, ‘Variety’ reports.