Bless My Soul! Disney Is Reportedly Making a Live-Action Adaptation of ‘Hercules’

The Walt Disney Company proved that their live-action reboots can go the distance. Now, the studio has its sights set on the story of an unlikely hero who goes from zero to hero. That’s right: one article reports that Disney is creating a live-action version of the 1997 film, Hercules. Here’s what we know about the live-action adaptation of this Disney animated movie.

A float passes down 42th Street in New York during a parade for the release of Disney's animated movie 'Hercules'
A float passes down 42th Street in New York during a parade for the release of Disney’s animated movie ‘Hercules’ | JOHN MOTTERN/AFP via Getty Images

Disney is making a live-action adaptation of ‘Hercules’

You’d think that the son of a Greek god would be more popular. Disney’s 1997 release, Hercules, introduced viewers to this mortal with super strength. Throughout the film, he has to do something heroic in order to join his father and the rest of the gods. Now, Hercules is going to distance, straight to theaters for a rebooted version of his story. The DisInsider reports that there’s a live-action remake of this film in the works. 

This comes hot off the heels of Disney live-action releases like The Lion King and Aladdin, both of which earned the company millions in box office sales. The studio also released live-action movies exclusively on their streaming platform, including the November 2019 film, Lady and the Tramp.

There’s no official cast list or director set for ‘Hercules’

Although fans are already making their own cast lists for this film, there are no actors officially cast in this version of Hercules. Not yet, anyway. The studio reportedly enlisted Jeffery Silver (The Lion King, Tron: Legacy) and Karen Gilchrist (The Lion King, The Mandalorian) to produce the upcoming film, although it is not clear who will direct this version of Hercules

One potential director (or writer) for this adaptation could be Jon Favreau, formerly of the photo-real adaptations of The Lion King and The Jungle Book. The creator also had a hand in writing the Disney+ original series, The Mandalorian. However, the Disinsider article proposes a few other directors for the Hercules reboot.

When will Disney’s ‘Hercules’ remake premiere?

According to the Disinsider, “The film is expected to be a theatrical release, not a Disney+ original, like Lady and the Tramp, as well as Robin Hood and Lilo & Stitch both in pre-production.” This wouldn’t be the only Disney live-action movie set for its theatrical release.

The live-action version of Mulan was set for its theatrical release during March 2020, although it has since been postponed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Fans also learned that a live-action reboot of The Little Mermaid is in the works, with Halle Bailey cast as the title character. 

There is no official premiere date for The Little Mermaid, although production would reportedly start during 2020. (That may have also been impacted by the pandemic and stay-at-home orders.) Unfortunately, the Walt Disney Company has not confirmed much regarding the release date of the live-action version of Hercules. It would presumably premiere sometime after The Little Mermaid’s remake.

Until then, fans can watch the original, animated versions of Mulan, The Little Mermaid, and Hercules on Disney’s streaming platform. To learn more about Disney+ and to subscribe, visit their website