Fact Check

Is Disney Making a Live-Action 'Hercules'?

Anonymous, unverified accounts on Twitter typically aren't the best sources for reliable news.

Published Jun 17, 2019

Updated Jun 19, 2019
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES:  Spectators cheer on 42th street in New York as confetti fills the air during a parade for the release of Disney's animated movie Hercules 14 June.  Much of the theater district closed down to accommodate the parade which drew a crowd of spectators.      AFP PHOTO John MOTTERN (Photo credit should read JOHN MOTTERN/AFP/Getty Images) (Getty Images)
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Claim:
Disney is set to announce a live-action remake of the film "Hercules" at D23.

On 13 June 2019, the Twitter account "Red Neighbor" claimed it had some news about Disney's slate of future films, including a live-action remake of the movie Hercules:

Several red flags indicated "Red Neighbor" may not be the most reliable source for Disney news. For one, the account didn't appear to be associated with any reputable news outlets. The account is also relatively new, having only joined the social media site in February 2019, four months before sending this viral tweet. As of this writing, "Red Neighbor" has only posted seven tweets, and this account isn't verified and uses a stock photograph of a silhouette as its profile picture.

In other words, a relatively new, unverified account run by an anonymous Twitter user isn't exactly what we'd call a reliable source of news.

A spokesperson for Walt Disney Studios told us via email: "These tweets are not true. We are not casting for a live-action Hercules film."

While "Red Neighbor" may not be a reliable source for entertainment news, a live-action remake of Hercules certainly isn't far-fetched. Walt Disney Studios has already remade a number of its classic animated films, such as Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, The Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast, Dumboand Aladdin, and the studio is set to release live-action remakes of The Lion King, Lady and the Tramp, and Mulan. The studio has also announced that it will be working on modernized versions of The Sword in the Stone, Pinocchio, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Lilo & Stitch.

It is plausible that Hercules will eventually get the live-action remake treatment. As of this writing, however, Walt Disney Studios has made no announcements about the existence of the project, let alone its alleged director or cast.

Sources

Gajanan, Mahita.   "Here Are All of Disney's Upcoming Live-Action Movies."     Time.   28 May 2019.

Updates

Updated [19 June 2019]: Changed status from Unproven to False after receiving statement from Disney representative.

Dan Evon is a former writer for Snopes.