According to Disinsider who ran an exclusive today Disney has found its next live action film in Hercules. Hercules originally came out in 1997 and was a box office hit at the time making $252.7 million. This movie is going to be a theatrical release unlike Lady and the Tramp which premiered at the launch of Disney Plus.
Disinsider says that it’s learned from multiple reliable sources that the studio has tapped Jeffery Silver(The Lion King, Tron: Legacy) and Karen Gilchrist(The Lion King, The Mandalorian) to produce. This movie as well as Robin Hood and Lilo & Stich are all in pre-production.
The best news coming out of this is that they will be keeping the original songs in the film as well as possibly adding some new ones.
There are reportedly three different directors being talked about to helm the film. The first is Jon Favreau who has directed two of Disney’s successful live-action remakes. He is responsible for 2016’s The Jungle Book and 2019’s The Lion King. The second is a duo that we know from their widely successful Marvel films. The Russo Brothers who are also rumored to be big fans of the animated film. And the last one being thrown around is Gore Verbinski. He directed one of Disney’s biggest franchises with the first three Pirates of the Caribbean films.
Due to studios being shut down by coronavirus it is suspected that they will be doing interviews and casting calls via Zoom. Once this is over they will start pushing for production to start, until then they can write the script and get things set up in motion so that no time is lost.
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