Disney's Live-Action Hercules Will 'Pay Homage' to Original with 'More Modern Spin,' Producer Says

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Disney is putting a "modern spin" on the new live-action Hercules movie.

Producer Joe Russo teased to GamesRadar+ a little bit of what fans can expect from the upcoming reimagining of the 1997 animated classic.

"It will certainly pay homage to the original with a more modern spin on it," said Russo, who is producing the film with his brother Anthony, with whom he directed the new Netflix movie The Gray Man.

"What Anthony and I love about the original is how funny and subversive it is," he added. "I think we try to embrace that sense of humor in the remake."

In May, Anthony opened up to Collider about why he and his brother wanted to produce Hercules.

"Both us and our kids are Hercules fanatics," he explained. "And we had heard that Disney was interested in revisiting it and we're in love with the original. We made a case as to why we felt we would be right to produce that film and here we are."

Anthony, who also co-directed movies for Marvel with Joe, added that the live-action film will not be an exact retelling of the original. "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."

RELATED: Jennifer Hudson Reveals Which Role She Wants in a Hercules Movie: 'Where's My Disney Role?'

Anthony Russo (L) and Joe Russo
Anthony Russo (L) and Joe Russo

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"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," he continued. "We're going to give you a different story."

Anthony said they will "do something that's in the vein of the original and inspired by it, but we also bring some new elements to the table." However, he stopped short of confirming if the new movie would be a musical. "We can't say one way or the other," he said before adding, "Music will certainly be a part of it."

​Last month, Guy Ritchie signed on to direct Hercules after he helmed the hit live-action Aladdin film in 2019.

There have been no cast announcements for Hercules. However, Jennifer Hudson tossed her hat in the ring during a WIRED interview in August 2021.

"Y'all, listen close — all my Dreamgirls cast members, this is a fun fact, have been in Disney films," she noted, referring to Beyoncé's role in 2019's The Lion King, Jamie Foxx in last year's Soul, Anika Noni Rose in The Princess and the Frog and Eddie Murphy in Mulan.

"Where's my Disney role?" Hudson mused. "But, I was Calliope, the head muse, on a Disney cruise ship, so that means I'm ready for my part. 'We are the muses, goddesses of the arts and proclaimers of heroes. Who put the glad in gladiators? Hercules!' That was me, Calliope. So I'm ready, just roll the camera. You ain't even got to send a script, I don't need the music. I'm ready to shoot. So I'll just wait for your call, thank you."