Joe Russo, the co-director of the upcoming Cherry and MCU megahits like Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, is hard at work on the upcoming Hercules live-action adaptation for Disney and has now given fans an update on the project during a recent appearance on the Lights, Camera, Barstool podcast.
“The script’s about to come in in a week. We’ve taken a lot of time and care with it,” says Russo, revealing that writer Dave Callaham is still perfecting his first draft of the script. “It’s a movie that was really important to me and my kids, something that they watched when they were young, and so we’ve got a strong emotional connection to it.”
“Our intention is to look at everything we do and think about how can we build it out, what can you do with this that expands it, gives you different opportunities for storytelling in it,” he continues.” So we’re going through that same exercise with Hercules, is can we build it out, can we build a world out of this and that extends beyond it and would be compelling, and I think that’s what audiences are craving, right?”
This passion will likely delight fans. While many are hesitant about another Disney remake, this passion from the production team will surely calm some nerves, with Russo concluding by noting that: “[The fans] want to see something really cool that they wanna get lost in it for a decade, so that’s our mission is to provide them with that experience. It’s still early!”
Brothers Joe and Anthony Russo will produce this live-action retelling of Disney’s Hercules animated film. There’s currently no director signed on at the time of reporting, nor word on a potential release date.