The Russo Brothers Said Their Remake of ‘Hercules’ Will Be Different Than the Animated Original

Disney is currently working on a live-action Hercules remake, and the Russo Brothers are set to produce the movie. While the remake of Hercules is still in the early stages, Joe and Anthony Russo have already said it will be different than the 1997 animated original.

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The original ‘Hercules’ came out during the Disney Renaissance

Disney’s 1997 animated film Hercules was released during the Disney Renaissance. During this period, Disney released several critically and commercially successful animated movies. In addition to Hercules, Disney released The Little MermaidThe Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, The Rescuers Down UnderAladdinPocahontasThe Hunchback of Notre DameMulan, and Tarzan.

During the Disney Renaissance, movies took on a Broadway musical-type style. A great number of the Disney Renaissance films were critically acclaimed, and Hercules was well-received by critics. The movie currently has a critic score of 84 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, and the critical consensus reads, “Fast-paced and packed with dozens of pop culture references, Hercules might not measure up with the true classics of the Disney pantheon, but it’s still plenty of fun.”

‘Hercules’ won’t be a ‘literal translation’ according to the Russo Brothers

In recent years, Disney has remade several of its past animated classics into live-action films. The 2019 live-action remake of The Lion King stayed true to the animated classic, but fans should not expect the same from the Russo Brothers’ Hercules.

In an interview with Steve Weintraub, Joe and Anthony Russo explained why they took on the project.

“Both us and our kids are Hercules fanatics,” Anthony Russo said. “And we had heard that Disney was interested in revisiting it and we’re in love with the original. And we made a case as to why we felt we would be right to produce that film and here we are.”

Joe Russo and Anthony Russo also explained that their remake of Hercules will not just be a “literal translation” of the beloved animated movie.

“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,” said Anthony Russo. “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. We’re going to give you a different story. I think we’ll do something that’s in the vein of the original and inspired by it, but we also bring some new elements to the table.”

Another sign the Russo Brothers’ remake will be different

When asked if the remake of Hercules would be a musical like the original, the Russo Brothers were hesitant to say.

“We can’t say one way or the other,” Anthony Russo said. “Music will certainly be a part of it.”

There is also another sign that the Russo Brothers’ remake of Hercules could take on more of an action story line versus a musical story line. Joe and Anthony Russo hired David Callaham to write the script for Hercules. Callaham’s other upcoming works include Wonder Woman 1984, Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, and the next Spider-Man film.