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‘Shang-Chi’ Writer Dave Callaham to Pen Script for Disney’s Live-Action ‘Hercules’; Russo Brothers to Produce

The iconic 1997 animated movie/musical Hercules is finally joining other Disney movies like Cinderella, The Lion King, and Beauty and the Beast in getting a live-action adaption. This shouldn’t come to a shock to many because Disney has been slowly (but surely) going through their older catalog to reintroduce new generations to the films most of us grew up watching. One of the most popular movie’s Disney is currently working on for a live-action adaption is The Little Mermaid which will star Halle Bailey as the titular character.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney has hired action scribe Dave Callaham who worked on The Expendables, Wonder Woman 1984 and wrote Marvel Studios’ upcoming Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. Sources also say that Anthony and Joe Russo will produce the remake via their AGBO banner. Callaham’s action background could play a huge asset in the film as the animated movie has many action/adventure elements.

The Muses from the animated Hercules film (Courtesy of Walt Disney Studios)

As of now it is unknown if this adaption will include the musical elements like 2019’s The Lion King, or if it will stray away from the music and focus solely on the story like Mulan (which was originally meant to debut in March of this year, but due to COVID-19 it has been delayed until July 24).

The most important part of this adaption will be the casting. From Hercules himself to the Muses, it will be imperative that they take their time making sure every pick is the right choice. Although official news about any casting has yet to be released, there have already been rumors swirling since Ariana Grande’s performance of the animated film’s iconic “I Won’t Say I’m in Love” during The Disney Family Singalong. However, the project is not close to the casting stage of production yet.

What do you think about this news? Are you excited for this live-action adaptation? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: The Hollywood Reporter & The Disinsider

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