While it’s hard to think of a live-action Disney adaptation that has managed to do anything remarkable with the classics they recycle, the studio seems determined to turn as many animated films into live-action as possible. One of the projects that is on the way (and about which we practically know nothing) is a new adaptation of Hercules, the 1997 animated film.
Interestingly, one of the faces behind the project is the Russo Brothers (responsible for the Avengers Infinity War and Endgame movies), who do little spoke with Games Radar of the project. In this conversation, the directors revealed that one of their intentions is to give a “more modern” angle to the original film:
“It will certainly pay homage to the original with a more modern twist… What Anthony and I love about the original is how fun and subversive it is. I think we tried to embrace that sense of humor in the new version.”
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The directors also made it clear that fans shouldn’t expect a literal translation of Hercules. It is something that is understood and, if anything, we can appreciate. If anything, one of the lessons from the latest experiments is that these adaptations result in much more interesting products when they try to tell something new or make changes beyond going from 3D to 3D.
The question here is what elements are going to ‘modernize’ the Russo brothers’ adaptation of Hercules. Hopefully it will be much better than the portrayal of Mulan who mistook ‘mature’ for ‘boring’ and ended up delivering a story that took the charm out of the animated movie. And charm is what is left over from the original Disney movie that in the case of Latin America managed to use the voice of Ricky Martin, included some of the best Disney songs, brought us to Hades by Rubén Trujillo and in general a movie that years afterwards it is still a pleasure to watch.