While not much is known about Guy Ritchie’s upcoming Hercules live-action adaptation, the director has recently said that he hopes to finish filming it relatively soon.
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During an appearance at the Red Sea Film Festival (via Screen Daily), Ritchie was asked about his upcoming slate of films and spoke about his various projects coming up next year. When it comes to Hercules, Ritchie said he hopes to make the live-action film “within the next year,” while also saying that he tries to be as busy as possible.
“I want to be as busy as I fucking can [be],” said Ritchie. “I used to make one movie a year; I’d quite like to make three movies a year. Because I like it, it’s not hard work for me. Even coming here, we wrapped filming at 4:30, you’re on a plane an hour later; you’re here, you start working, you go on a plane, I’ll land, I’ll go back to work. As long as you’re not playing with jet lag too aggressively, I’m fucking happy doing that.”
Despite not much being known, according to Joe Russo — who is a producer on the project — in an interview with Variety, their Hercules film will be “a little bit more experimental in tone, a little bit more experimental in execution.”
“I think they’re excited to see what we can all bring to it in a way that isn’t just a reinterpretation of the animated film,” Russo said.
When it comes to being inspired by TikTok, Russo noted that the upcoming live-action remake will still be as musical as the animated film was and will try to stick to the unconventional approach that the original film also did. In that regard, Russo said, the team behind the film is looking to modern-day social media for how audiences absorb things like musicals.
The animated film is notable for going through constant retooling over the many years of development, with 18 credited writers contributing to the final product and Ron Clements and John Musker directing. The cast for the original film also included Danny DeVito (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), James Woods (Videodrome), and Susan Egan (Steven Universe).
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Hercules joins a growing list of animated films from the Disney catalog to be getting the live-action treatment from the studio, including Mulan, Aladdin, and The Lion King.