Russo brothers: ‘Hercules live-action remake won’t be a literal translation’

Anthony and Joe Russo have insisted their live-action remake of Hercules won’t be “a literal translation”. It was announced earlier this month that the Avengers: Endgame co-directors would be producing a live-action remake of Disney’s 1997 animated mo…

Anthony and Joe Russo have insisted their live-action remake of Hercules won’t be “a literal translation”.

It was announced earlier this month that the Avengers: Endgame co-directors would be producing a live-action remake of Disney’s 1997 animated movie, and in an interview with Collider, they made it clear that it wouldn’t be a shot-for-shot remake, like last year’s The Lion King reboot, or an overly faithful redo.

“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,” explained Anthony. “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.”

The filmmakers are still in the early stages of developing the remake and wouldn’t state if it would be a musical or not, with Anthony noting, “We can’t say one way or the other… Music will certainly be a part of it.”

Since the release of Endgame last year, the Russos have been busy lining up new projects, with them being involved in films such as 21 Bridges, Extraction, and the upcoming Cherry, their next directorial effort.

When asked why they were interested in the Hercules remake, Anthony added: “Both us and our kids are Hercules fanatics. And we had heard that Disney was interested in revisiting it and we’re in love with the original. And we made a case as to why we felt we would be right to produce that film and here we are.”

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Josh Gad calls for Ariana Grande to land Meg role in Hercules remake

Josh Gad is convinced Ariana Grande would be “perfect” for the role of Meg in Disney’s live-action Hercules remake. It was revealed on Thursday that Disney bosses are developing a live-action remake of the 1997 animated classic, with Avengers: Endgame …

Josh Gad is convinced Ariana Grande would be “perfect” for the role of Meg in Disney’s live-action Hercules remake.

It was revealed on Thursday that Disney bosses are developing a live-action remake of the 1997 animated classic, with Avengers: Endgame filmmakers Joe and Anthony Russo producing and The Expendables scribe Dave Callaham writing the screenplay.

In an interview with Variety, Disney regular Josh called for Ariana to portray Hercules’ love interest Megara, or Meg, in the remake.

“She would amazing as Meg, she would be perfect, I would love to see that happen,” he said.

The original Hercules is one of Ariana’s favourite films and she sang Meg’s song I Won’t Say (I’m in Love) during an at-home performance for the Disney Family Singalong TV special earlier this month. She also performed Zero to Hero live at the Disney Parks Unforgettable Christmas Celebration in 2015.

The 7 Rings hitmaker has yet to comment on the remake news on social media, but her fans have already started campaigning for her to get the part, with one even setting up a Change.org petition. It has almost 14,000 signatures.

In the Variety interview, Beauty and the Beast star Josh was also asked if he would like a part in Hercules, such as the half-man, half-god’s trainer, the satyr Philoctetes, which was originally voiced by Danny DeVito.

“I am good, I feel like I definitely have had and continue to have an incredible run of projects with the Disney company, but I don’t think anyone wants to see me take on yet another role in a live-action remake of an animated movie,” he replied. “I personally think they should just cast Danny DeVito again, that seems to (be the) best option.”

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Joe and Anthony Russo set to produce live-action Hercules remake

Joe and Anthony Russo are set to produce Disney’s live-action remake of Hercules.The original 1997 animated re-telling of the Greek legend featured the vocal talents of Tate Donovan, Danny DeVito, and James Woods, and followed the story of the half-man…

Joe and Anthony Russo are set to produce Disney’s live-action remake of Hercules.

The original 1997 animated re-telling of the Greek legend featured the vocal talents of Tate Donovan, Danny DeVito, and James Woods, and followed the story of the half-man, half-god as he battles the villainous Hades to prove himself worthy of living with the gods on Mount Olympus.

News that the studio was developing the live-action remake broke on Thursday, and it was announced that Dave Callaham, who launched the Expendables franchise, will be writing the script.

Callaham also wrote the upcoming Marvel comic book adaptation Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, and the DC Comics sequel Wonder Woman 1984.

The 42-year-old scribe is also penning the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse sequel, and co-wrote last year’s Zombieland: Double Tap, starring Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson.

Avengers: Endgame filmmakers Joe and Anthony Russo, who have a long-standing working relationship with Disney, are set to produce but will not direct, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The original musical animation was directed by Ron Clements and John Musker and numerous writers were hired to work on the story and screenplay over several years.

Fans have taken to social media to suggest their top picks for the live-action cast, including Idris Elba and Ryan Gosling, while Kelly Rowland, Jennifer Hudson, Keke Palmer, Coco Jones, and Amber Riley have been touted to play The Muses, which narrate the story through song.

It’s currently unclear if the Hercules remake will follow in the footsteps of the upcoming live-action Mulan, which has ditched the classic songs in favour of a more realistic telling of the Chinese legend.

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Alan Menken working on new music for Disney’s The Little Mermaid and Disenchanted

Alan Menken is working on the scores for The Little Mermaid and Disenchanted while practicing social distancing during the coronavirus crisis.Despite Disney bosses temporarily halting production on Rob Marshall’s upcoming live-action adaption of the 19…

Alan Menken is working on the scores for The Little Mermaid and Disenchanted while practicing social distancing during the coronavirus crisis.

Despite Disney bosses temporarily halting production on Rob Marshall’s upcoming live-action adaption of the 1989 animated classic due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Oscar-winning composer and songwriter is putting his time spent indoors to good use.

“This has been a great time for writing. Production stopped on The Little Mermaid movie,” he shared during a special live stream of The Rosie O’Donnell Show. “We recorded all the songs, and I wrote four new songs with Lin-Manuel Miranda, the lyricist for Mermaid.”

The new Little Mermaid stars Halle Bailey as the mermaid princess, with Melissa McCarthy, Jacob Tremblay, Awkwafina, and Jonah Hauer-King taking on supporting roles.

In addition, Menken revealed that he is making progress on another big Disney feature.

“And I’m working on Disenchanted, the sequel to Enchanted,” the 70-year-old divulged.

Though there is yet to be an official announcement about Disenchanted, Disney producers have been teasing an update regarding the follow-up to the 2007 hit featuring Amy Adams and James Marsden in recent months.

Elsewhere in the chat, Menken admitted he has “a whole bushel of new projects” on the go, including a new stage adaptation of 1997 hit movie Hercules.

“And I have another Broadway show. Oh, and Hercules is coming to the stage, of course. We did that in Central Park last summer,” he added.

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