Guy Ritchie has landed a role in Disney’s upcoming live-action remake of Hercules.
The remake, based on 1997 original, will be directed by Ritchie. Ritchie previously directed Disney’s live-action Aladdin in 2019, which grossed over $1 billion worldwide.
An early draft of the script was written by Dave Callaham, who also created Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. The studio is currently on the lookout for writers to work on the project.
Joe and Anthony Russo, the directors behind Avengers: Endgame and Infinity War, will produce the film through their AGBO banner.
The original 1997 film was a musical retelling of the Greek story in which the hero must defend Olympus from Hades, the God of the Underworld. Tate Donovan portrayed Hercules, and James Woods portrayed Hades. It’s unclear whether the new Hercules will keep the original’s musical elements.
Disney’s most recent live-action blockbuster is a live-action version of the animated film. Rachel Zegler will play Snow White in a reinterpretation directed by Marc Webb and starring Gal Gadot as the Evil Queen. Meanwhile, next year’s Memorial Day Weekend will witness the launch of Disney’s live-action film The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.