Disney Sets Guy Ritchie To Direct Live-Action ‘Hercules’ Film

Guy Ritchie was an unlikely choice to direct Disney’s live-action Aladdin. But pairing with the gangster-comedy filmmaker ultimately worked, securing him his first $1B billion-dollar earner. And now Ritchie and Disney are back in business together, this time on a new Hercules movie.

Deadline reports Ritchie will direct Disney’s live-action Hercules, a remake of the 1997 animated movie centered on the powerhouse mythological hero. Also aboard this film is AGBO, the production studio launched by Avengers filmmakers Joe & Anthony Russo. Dave Callaham (Shang-Chi) wrote the first script draft, while new writers are being hired to complete a screenplay.

The last major Hercules movie was in 2014, led by Dwayne Johnson and directed by Brett Ratner. It wasn’t a particularly good movie, but went on to earn $244M worldwide. Not enough to launch a franchise, though. Disney will probably seek to change that with this version.

Next up for Ritchie is Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre, a spy film starring Jason Statham that opens later this year. He’s also completed an untitled thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal.


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