Disney’s Live-Action ‘Hercules’ Movie Won’t Be A ‘Literal Translation’

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The producers behind Disney’s upcoming live-action Hercules remake have revealed that it won’t be a “literal translation” of the animated classic.

Last week, we found out that Disney is developing a live-action remake of its 1997 animated movie Hercules, with Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings writer Dave Callaham working on the script for the project. Avengers: Endgame directors Joe and Anthony Russo are on board as producers on the highly-anticipated movie, which is currently in the early stages of development.

During an interview with Collider, Joe and Anthony Russo opened up about the live-action Hercules project, revealing that “music will certainly be a part of it” but it’s too early to tell whether or not it’s going to be a full-on musical. They also mentioned that the movie won’t be a shot-for-shot remake like some of Disney’s recent projects.

“Well, I think you always have to bring something new to the table because from our perspective as storytellers, it’s not compelling for us to do a literal translation. We’ve already done that with our Marvel films. We don’t do literal translations of the comics because we feel like if you want that story you can go read that story. We’re going to give you a different story. I think we’ll do something that’s in the vein of the original and inspired by it, but we also bring some new elements to the table.”

Disney’s animated version reimagined the Hercules legend as a musical in which the titular hero battles the villainous Hades, who plots to overthrow Olympus. The role of Hercules was voiced by Tate Donovan, with James Woods as Hades.

Here is the official synopsis for Disney’s next live-action remake, Mulan:

When the Emperor of China issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Army to defend the country from Northern invaders, Hua Mulan, the eldest daughter of an honored warrior, steps in to take the place of her ailing father. Masquerading as a man, Hua Jun, she is tested every step of the way and must harness her inner-strength and embrace her true potential. It is an epic journey that will transform her into an honored warrior and earn her the respect of a grateful nation…and a proud father.

Directed by Niki Caro from a screenplay by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver and Elizabeth Martin & Lauren Hynek, Disney’s Mulan stars Yifei Liu as Mulan, Donnie Yen as Commander Tung, Jason Scott Lee as Böri Khan and Yoson An as Cheng Honghui,with Gong Li as Xianniang and Jet Li as the Emperor.

Disney’s Mulan is scheduled to hit theaters on July 24, 2020. Stay tuned for the latest news regarding Hercules and the rest of Disney’s live-action remakes and make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel!

Source: Collider

Michael Bezanidis

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