‘Do you want it to be as horrible as possible?’: Fans blast the Russo Brothers after confirming new live-action Hercules movie will be inspired by TikTok

Joe and Anthony Russo, known as the Russo Brothers, once again made headlines. The duo are known for their work as directors of numerous MCU films, including Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Avengers: Infinity War. With such movies to their names, it’s no wonder they’re one of the most popular filmmakers in the industry.

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However, being popular also means they have to deal with criticism when things go wrong. That’s exactly what happened as the Russo Brothers are receiving backlash after announcing their plans for a live-action Disney movie focusing on the Greek god of strength and heroes, Hercules. While Disney has already been criticized for creating excessive live-action movies, that doesn’t seem to be the reason for the Russo Brothers’ ordeal.

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The Russo brothers inspired by TikTok?

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Hercules (1997)

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TikTok is a social media platform where anyone, anywhere can become the next big thing overnight. Users can create their own videos that range from 15 seconds to 10 full minutes. However, it’s quite confusing how the Russo Brothers found their inspiration on the platform.

During an interview with Variety, the filmmakers revealed that they had indeed returned to Disney. With their return, they’re bringing another fan-favorite Disney character, Hercules, back to the screens. The duo will be joined by director Guy Ritchie who was responsible for the 2019 live-action remake of Aladdin.

It’s no surprise that Disney has faced some sour faces after releasing one live-action remake after another. This is mainly because “new” movies always have the same storyline. However, Russo Brothers plans to take the road less traveled and be a bit more experimental with the live-action remake of Hercules.

“Hercules will be a little more experimental in tone, a little more experimental in execution. I think they’re excited to see what we can all contribute in a way that isn’t just a reinterpretation of the animated film .

The only thing that remains the same as the original is how the movie will be portrayed. Just like the original Hercules (1997), the live-action remake will also be a musical. This is where TikTok became the inspiration for Russo Brothers.

“There are questions about how you translate it into a musical. Today’s audience was formed by TikTok, right? What do they expect from what this musical looks and feels like? It can be a lot of fun and help us push the boundaries a bit of how you run a modern musical.

While people still have no idea what TikTok has to do with the live-action movie, it’s still exciting to see what Joe and Anthony Russo’s take on a modern musical would look like. Maybe trying new things is what Disney needs to reverse its bad luck with live-action remakes.

Fans criticize the Russo Brothers

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The criticisms facing Russo Brothers, especially on Twitter, should come as no surprise. Disney fans have taken to Twitter to express their confusion over what the brothers mean by taking inspiration from TikTok.

Fans had both humor and concern in their tweets, with some hilariously asking if the Greek god would be featured through a repetitive fifteen-second dance number, possibly the Renegade.

Neither explained how a short video platform would affect the media that seems to be running longer and longer. The Russo brothers themselves created a film lasting 3 hours and 2 minutes; Avengers: Endgame. Even the next Avatar the suite should last 3 hours and 12 minutes. With movies having longer runtimes than ever before, TikTok is definitely playing a role here.

Nevertheless, it is the filmmakers’ responsibility to let their creativity run free. Who knows, maybe viewers will end up loving a live-action remake after all.

Source: Variety

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