Like it or not, these Disney live-action remakes make money, and after Aladdin and The Lion King, the studio has found their next film from the Renaissance to adapt to live-action.
According to The DisInsider, Disney is now setting their sights on an adaptation of Hercules. The film is said to include songs from the animated version, and possibly some added material as well.
This is just a rumor for now, but the site says that Disney has eyes set on three possible directors for the job—Jon Favreau, who directed Jungle Book and The Lion King; the Russo Brothers, who had brought to life the last two Avengers films, and are said to be big fans; and Gore Verbinski, who launched the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.
Those actually all sound like solid choices. Unlike the past Disney adaptations, I think Hercules is really one that needs to feel ‘epic’. There should be giant monster battles and solid action, and I think the Russos or Verbinski can deliver. I’m sure Jon Favreau can do a solid job, but he’s kind of had his time with Disney flicks. I want someone else to have a turn.
As far as casting goes, we don’t have anyone yet, but I would love to have James Woods come back and reprise the role of Hades. Hades is actually one of my favorite Disney villains, and his fantastic sense of humor makes him a great antagonist for the ‘Himbo’ that is Hercules.
No release date has been set for the Hercules film, but Mulan is set to come out this July.