Disney has had lots of success with its live-action adaptions of its animated classics, with “Aladdin”, “The Lion King”, “The Jungle Book”, “Alice In Wonderland”, “Cinderella” and “Beauty And The Beast”, all being box office hits. Unsurprisingly, Disney revved up its content engine and started making as many of these live-action films as possible.

While many of these films have done well, not everything retelling has been as well received, with “Dumbo” and “The Little Mermaid” both failing to capture the same magic at the box office. And we’ve also seen plenty of reimaginings arrive on Disney+, with “Lady And The Tramp”, “Pinocchio”, and “Peter Pan & Wendy”.

A couple of years ago, it was reported that Disney was developing a new live-action version of “Hercules” and that it was going to be produced by AGBO, which is a production company run by Joe and Anthony Russo, who were behind the Marvel Studios mega-hit, “Endgame”.

Shortly after this news came to light, the Russo Brothers revealed that the new film would not be a scene-for-scene remake of the original animated film but instead would add more modern elements and was inspired by TikTok to be ‘more experimental’. 

It was also reported that Guy Ritchie was going to be directing the film, following the success he had working on the “Aladdin” adaptation. However, according to industry insider, Daniel RPK , Guy Ritchie is no longer attached to the project due to schedule conflicts.

It’s unclear if development on the new “Hercules” project is still ongoing since Disney has been scaling back its releases to focus more on quality over quantity, and audiences have been much less interested in live-action adaptions of animated films since Disney started churning them out every few months. 

In the original animated film, Hercules is taken from the gods as a newborn and adopted on Earth, where he becomes an awkward teenage pillar of strength. While trying to fit in, he discovers that his dad is Zeus and he could live on Mount Olympus—if he can move from “zero” to true hero. Hercules teams with babyhood pal Pegasus, the flying stallion, and Phil, a feisty personal trainer, for the mission. But it’s no easy task, as he must match wits with Grecian beauty Meg and a sinister hothead named Hades. With the help of comical sidekicks Pain and Panic, Hades plans to rule the Universe…with only Hercules standing in his way.

If you don’t want to wait for a new live-action version, you can now check out the original animated “Hercules” film on Disney+.

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Roger Palmer

Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a kid and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney Parks around the globe and has a vast collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What's On Disney Plus & DisKingdom. Email: Roger@WhatsOnDisneyPlus.com Twitter: Twitter.com/RogPalmerUK Facebook: Facebook.com/rogpalmeruk

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