We know that David Callaham will be writing the live-action “Hercules” and Anthony and Joe Russo will be producing it together; however, until now we haven’t heard much else. Appearing on the Lights, Camera, Barstool podcast (via ComingSoon), Joe Russo spoke about the latest development on their Hercules remake. And wouldn’t you know it, it sounds like he wants to craft another cinematic universe .
“The script’s about to come in in a week. We’ve taken a lot of time and care with it. It’s a movie that was really important to me and my kids, something that they watched when they were young, and so we’ve got a strong emotional connection to it. Our intention is to look at everything we do and think about how can we build it out, what can you do with this that expands it, gives you different opportunities for storytelling in it. So we’re going through that same exercise with Hercules, is can we build it out, can we build a world out of this and that extends beyond it and would be compelling, and I think that’s what audiences are craving, right? They want to see something really cool that they wanna get lost in it for a decade, so that’s our mission is to provide them with that experience. It’s still early!”
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It seems like Russo is planning on making something that is more of a franchise or universe that can sustain a while. Anthony said: “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. 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. We’re going to give you a different story. I think we’ll do something that’s in the vein of the original and inspired by it, but we also bring some new elements to the table.”
No matter what is in the works, we are excited to see what this duo comes up with.