Disney’s live-action Hercules film is apparently going to draw inspiration from the popular video hosting application TikTok, cause why not? TikTok reels/videos already command a massive following among Gen Zs and millennials and have completely transformed how people consume content. The app has already given rise to numerous trends and made it super easy/accessible for audiences to come up with engaging content. So, the news of Disney’s upcoming live-action blockbuster opting to go all “TikToky” doesn’t come as that much of a surprise.
This new update comes via none other than directors and producers Joe and Anthony Russo themselves, whose independent studio AGBO will be producing the film for Disney, with Guy Ritchie directing the whole affair. In a fresh new interview with Variety, both Joe and Anthony Russo sat down to discuss their project and explained the impact of modern platforms/apps and how these will factor into the film. The still-in-development Hercules movie will be a musical but far from any previous Disney animated movies and unlike anything we have ever seen before.
While talking about the film, Joe Russo said, “There are questions about how you translate it as a musical.” He then further added, “Audiences today have been trained by TikTok, right? What is their expectation of what that musical looks like and feels like? That can be a lot of fun and help us push the boundaries a little bit on how you execute a modern musical.”
He went on to add that their Hercules interpretation would take full creative liberty and be “a little bit more experimental” in overall style and execution. The original 1997 animated Hercules Disney movie took a completely different route from Greek mythology and narrated the tale of a young skinny farmer boy, who embarks on a journey to earn back his godhood and rejoin his family. However, our Hercules falls in love with Meg, a spy for Hades. The film’s animation and art style were a treat for the eyes and the overall experience was one to remember.
Disney’s live-action movies have not done very well in the past and with the Russo brothers bringing our beloved demigod back to life with their live-action Hercules film, a lot will be riding on its success. Joe Russo even commented on their affinity with Disney and what it means for the IP and the franchise. He said, “We have an amazing relationship with them (Disney) that we’ve built over a decade. I think we have a point of view on how they can stretch the limits of their IP moving forward, rather than playing IP management.”
Even though Russo’s vision regarding the project and the franchise sounds amazing on paper, we still have no idea how everything will pan out in reality. As of writing, we are light on details surrounding this yet-to-named live-action Hercules movie and there’s no word on casting or the story since Guy Ritchie and David Callaham are yet to provide a finalized script.