The upcoming live-action remake of Hercules was only recently revealed, with directors Joe and Anthony Russo attached as producers for the remake. While potential audiences have expressed excitement over the adaptation of the 1997 animated film, the Russos have expressed that they should not expect a completely faithful adaption.
The film is still early in development and its story has not been completely written, meaning there are a lot of elements subject to change. Anthony Russo recently suggested that the film may not be a musical, “We can’t say one way or the other… Music will certainly be a part of it.”
The Russo brothers also clarified that they do not intend to do a shot-for-shot remake of the original, like the recently remade Lion King and Beauty and the Beast adaptations. Anthony explained, “Well, I think you always have to bring something new to the table because from our perspective as storytellers, it’s not compelling for us to do a literal translation.” He added, “We’ve already done that with our Marvel films. We don’t do literal translations of the comics because we feel like if you want that story you can go read that story.” He then went on to say, “We’re going to give you a different story.”
Joe and Anthony Russo are known for their directorial work on several Marvel Cinematic Universe-related projects, such as Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.
No production plans have yet been announced for the upcoming Hercules remake.
The Russo brothers discussed how faithful Disney's live-action Hercules remake will be to the original.