Bolton going the ‘Distance’ for ‘Hercules’ soundtrack

Elton John, Vanessa Williams and now Michael Bolton?

The gravelly voiced Bolton has been tapped to warble the theme for Walt Disney’s “Hercules,” as part of the Columbia Records release of the animated pic’s soundtrack.

Sources said the label paid a low seven-figure sum to the Mouse House for the rights to the soundtrack — which included Bolton’s slightly more than $1 million payday — for Bolton to croon “Go The Distance.”

The label is hoping the tune will follow in the footsteps of other Disney pic tracks, such as “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” by Elton John from “The Lion King” and “A Whole New World” from “Aladdin,” that have spawned chart-topping singles and Academy Award recognition. The songs have also become musical standards.

“Go The Distance,” written by Alan Menken and David Zippel, is a centerpiece in the animated tale, which boasts an assortment of mythical creatures and a handful of uplifting, gospel-tinged tracks, including Bolton’s.

Columbia is pulling out all the stops to market the soundtrack, which is set for a May 20 bow. The film is set to hit theaters June 27.

The pic, directed by John Musker and Ron Clements, the duo who shepherded “The Little Mermaid” and “Aladdin” into hit pics, features the voices of Danny DeVito, Tate Donovan and James Woods as the villain.

Disney’s animated offerings have an enviable track record with its theme songs. The studio has picked up four Oscar statuettes in the last five years, with each film boasting a chart-topping single.

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