Variety has reported that Guy Ritchie, who helmed Disney’s “Aladdin” in 2019, will film the upcoming live-action rendition of the 1997 classic “Hercules.” The project is being produced by AGBO, which has enlisted action specialist Dave Callaham to write the first script, as previously reported by Variety.
“Avengers: Endgame” directors Joe and Anthony Russo’s AGBO is producing the project, which has enlisted action specialist Dave Callaham to write the first script, as previously reported by Variety. AGBO has begun to hire additional authors.
The untitled action movie that Ritchie worked on with Jake Gyllenhaal was his most recent project. He wrote, directed, and executive produced “Operation Fortune: Ruse de guerre,” which was set to be released in the first few months of 2022 but has since been pushed back without an official release date.
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The agreement was negotiated by CAA. Last month, Ritchie left the company for WME. His lawyer is Matt Saver. The first animated “Hercules,” directed by Ron Clements and John Musker and featuring Alan Menken’s music, was a musical rendition of the Hercules legend. Hercules was played by Tate Donovan, Megara was played by Susan Egan, and Hades was played by James Woods.
Hades abducts the demigod Hercules as an infant and forces him to live among mortals. Hercules is aided by the satyr Philoctetes (Danny DeVito), who teaches him how to use his superhuman strength to prove himself worthy of living among the gods on Mount Olympus. Disney’s first “Hercules” film cost $85 million to produce and made $252 million worldwide.
It follows in the footsteps of Disney predecessors such as “Beauty and the Beast” in 1991, “Aladdin” in 1992, and “The Lion King” in 1994, all of which were adapted into profitable live-action films.
The Russo Brothers are currently working on “The Gray Man,” a $200 million action thriller that will be Netflix’s most costly film to date when it debuts in July. They’ve helped several Marvel films, including “Avengers: Endgame,” which broke box office records with a worldwide gross of $2.79 billion. According to Deadline, Guy Ritchie will direct “Hercules.”