Guy Ritchie is returning to Disney to bring another animated classic to live-action.
Deadline is reporting that Ritchie, who helmed the live-action Aladdin for Disney, is reteaming with the studio to direct a live-action take on the animated classic Hercules. He’ll be working alongside AGBO, the production banner from Avengers: Endgame directors Joe & Anthony Russo, who are producing the project. With a director set, the search is now underway for a writer to rework the first draft turned in by Dave Callaham(Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings).
News of a live-action Hercules movie was first announced in October of last year. Since then, news on the project has been relatively quiet. Ritchie’s live-action take on Aladdin managed to cross $1 billion at the worldwide box office, despite plenty of controversy surrounding the title leading up to its release. He’s still expected to direct the sequel to that film, however, it’s unknown when that project will actually go into production.
Ritchie has a rather lengthy resume that includes The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Sherlock Holmes, and RocknRolla. He recently wrapped production on an untitled action thriller with JakeGyllenhaal, which has since sold to MGM and Amazon. Up next for the busy director is Operation Fortune: Ruse de guerrewhich he wrote, directed and executive produced. That project, starring Jason Statham, does not currently have a release date.