Hercules Director Guy Ritchie Shares Update On What’s Happening With The Live-Action Disney Remake

Of the movies that made up the Disney Renaissance period, four have been adapted for live-action within the last half decade, and The Little Mermaid will be #5 once it comes out next May among the 2023 movie releases. Additionally, there’s a live-action version of 1997’s Hercules on the way, and it was announced in June that Guy Ritchie will sit in the director’s chair for that. Ritchie already has experience with live-action Disney remakes from helming 2019’s Aladdin, and now he has shared an update on where things stand with this new take on Hercules.

Guy Ritchie briefly talked Hercules while attending the Red Sea International Film Festival in Saudi Arabia (via Screen Daily), saying that he’s hoping to shoot Hercules “within the next year.” Since Ritchie is set to start shooting his Henry Cavill-led World War II thriller The Ministry Of Ungentlemanly Warfare in February, that means if his wish for Hercules is fulfilled, cameras likely won’t start rolling until towards the end of 2023, perhaps around this time next year. Ritchie, who wrapped production on the Jake Gyllenhaal-led The Covenant (which has previously been called The Interpreter) two weeks ago, also said the following about how he likes to keep busy with filmmaking:

I want to be as busy as I fucking can [be]. I used to make one movie a year; I’d quite like to make three movies a year. Because I like it, it’s not hard work for me. Even coming here, we wrapped filming at 04.30, you’re on a plane an hour later; you’re here, you start working, you go on a plane, I’ll land, I’ll go back to work. As long as you’re not playing with jet-lag too aggressively, I’m fucking happy doing that.

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