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Guy Ritchie The Director Of Aladdin Has Been Hired To Direct Disney's Live-Action Hercules

Guy Ritchie, the filmmaker of Aladdin, has signed on to helm Disney's live-action Hercules film, which the Russo brothers will produce

Tate Donovan, Danny DeVito, James Woods, Susan Hegan, Rip Torn, Samantha Eggar, Bobcat Goldthwait, Matt Frewer, Hal Holbroo, and Barbara Barrie rounded out the cast of Hercules as the title hero. The film, directed by Ron Clements and John Musker (The Little Mermaid), received mostly positive reviews from critics and audiences when it was released in theaters in 1997, especially for Woods' performance as Hades. However, it underperformed at the box office in comparison to previous Disney releases, grossing only $252.7 million worldwide. Despite this, Hercules is widely regarded as a classic in the Disney collection, and it now appears to be making a comeback. According to Deadline, Disney is pushing forward with its live-action Hercules film remake, with Aladdin director Guy Ritchie on board to helm. After Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings' Dave Callaham prepared an early script for the remake, the studio is currently apparently looking for a writer for the project. Joe and Anthony Russo, who co-wrote Avengers: Endgame, have signed on to produce the live-action Hercules under their AGBO company.

The live-action Hercules film was initially revealed in early 2020, when Disney teamed together with the makers of The Lion King live-action remake and the Russo brothers, who suggested that it would not be a faithful adaptation of the original animation film. As the epidemic spread, the studio appeared to shift its attention to finishing the projects it had already started or shot before moving forward with any that were still in the early stages of production. With cinemas reopening and Disney once again winning big at the box office, it appears that Ritchie's hiring for Hercules has brought them back to work on a range of projects. Ritchie's appointment to direct Disney's live-action Hercules picture makes him one of the few directors to have helmed several live-action remakes at the company. Ritchie now joins the ranks of Jon Favreau, who directed The Jungle Book and The Lion King, and Tim Burton, who directed Alice in Wonderland and Dumbo, and it's logical that the company would return to Ritchie in the hopes of repeating the live-action Aladdin's box office success. While fans wait for further information on the live-action film, they can watch the original Hercules on Disney+ right now.

Source: Deadline

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