Disney Developing Live-Action ‘Hercules’ Movie From ‘Shang-Chi’ Writer

Disney is developing a live-action remake of Hercules with Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings writer Dave Callaham.

Disney’s line-up of live-action remakes will now include a retelling of Hercules based on the animated movie the company produced in 1997. The Hollywood Reporter has learned that writer Dave Callaham, who penned the script for Marvel Studios’ Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, will write the live-action Hercules remake while Avengers: Endgame directors Joe and Anthony Russo will serve as producers.

According to the trade, Disney’s Hercules remake is in the early stages in development, and insiders say the Russo Brothers, who will produce the remake through their AGBO banner, will not direct the film. The outlet also notes that it is currently unclear if the remake will retain the musical elements of the animated version and the project is far from the casting stage.

In addition to his work on Shang-Chi and the Legends of the Ten Rings, Dave Callaham’s writing credits include Wonder Woman 1984Zombieland: Double Tap, and Godzilla. Introduced in Special Marvel Edition #15 in December 1973, Shang-Chi is a skilled martial artist who was raised in an isolated compound located in China and trained by his father Fu Manchu, a Chinese crimelord and immortal sorcerer who repeatedly attempted to conquer the world. When Shang-Chi was finally allowed to venture into the outside world to do his father’s bidding, he learned about his father’s evil ways and faked his own death before embarking on a mission to take down Fu Manchu’s criminal empire. Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, Shang-Chi and the Legends of the Ten Rings is currently scheduled to be released in theaters on May 7, 2021.

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

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Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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