Guy Ritchie to Direct 'Hercules' Live-Action Remake for Disney

The 'Aladdin' director is set to go behind the camera for the remake of the hit 1997 animated movie with Dave Callaham, John Gatins and Andrea Gerloff writing the script.

AceShowbiz - Guy Ritchie is set to direct Disney's "Hercules" remake. The "Aladdin" director is set to go behind the camera for the live-action remake of the 1997 animated movie, per The Hollywood Reporter

Dave Callaham, who wrote Marvel's "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings", has already written a first draft of the script and penned a first draft of the script. The studio is currently in the process of searching for writers for the project.

"Avengers: Endgame" directors Joe and Anthony Russo will produce the film through their AGBO company. Meanwhile, it was previously claimed that Disney is working on an "Aladdin" sequel.

The studio was said to be working with writers John Gatins and Andrea Gerloff for the upcoming blockbuster after the huge success of the live action remake of the animated classic.

The film was in early development in 2020 after Disney spent six months figuring out what direction they wanted to take with the follow-up. Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich, who produced the original, were tipped to return under their Rideback banner, with Ryan Halprin as executive producer.

The original animated "Hercules" was directed by Ron Clements and John Musker as a musical retelling of the Hercules legend, with music by Alan Menken. Tate Donovan voiced the lead role, alongside Susan Egan as his love interest, Megara, and James Woods as Hades, who kidnaps the demigod Hercules as a baby and forces him to live alongside mortals. Hercules is assisted by the satyr Philoctetes (Danny DeVito), who teaches him to use his superhuman strength to prove himself worthy of living among the gods on Mount Olympus.

Disney's original "Hercules" film had an $85 million budget and raked in $252 million at the box office worldwide. It joined Disney predecessors including 1991's "Beauty and the Beast", 1992's "Aladdin" and 1994's "The Lion King", which have all been remade as lucrative live-action films.

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