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‘Aladdin’ Director Guy Ritchie to Direct Disney’s Live-Action ‘Hercules’

Disney is going back to Aladdin director Guy Ritchie for another high-profile Disney live-action remake.

According to Deadline, Ritchie has signed on to adapt Disney’s live-action adaptation of Hercules. The studio is currently in the process of hiring new writers to tackle the project. Dave Callaham (Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings) previously wrote the initial script.

Joe and Anthony Russo are producing through their AGBO production banner. AGBO is behind hit films starring multiple MCU alums including Extraction (Chris Hemsworth), 21 Bridges (Chadwick Boseman), and Cherry (Tom Holland). They are currently in post-production on their upcoming action film The Gray Man starring Chris Evans, and will soon begin production on a sequel to Extraction, with Hemsworth set to return. So, I would be shocked if an MCU alum isn’t considered for a role in Hercules.

Ritchie is a pretty safe choice, that said, his Aladdin went on to gross over a billion dollars at the worldwide box office and some pretty positive reviews. A sequel is currently in the works but is said to have a new director with Ritchie back in a producer role.

Released in 1997 by Walt Disney Animation Studios, Hercules (Tate Donovan), follows a son of gods, who was snatched as a baby by Hades (James Woods) and forced to live among mortals as a half-man, half-god. Now a teenager, Hercules needs to perform a rite of passage on Earth to prove himself worthy of living with the gods on Mount Olympus. With his plucky satyr sidekick, Philoctetes (Danny DeVito), along for the ride, Hercules must learn how to use his strength to defeat a series of evil creatures.