It’s full speed ahead at the Walt Disney Company right now as apparently they won’t be satisfied until all their classic animated movies are remade as lavish live-action reproductions. The next item up for bids is an immensely popular film from a quarter of a century ago, one that solidified the studio’s modern comeback, and reasserted the their brandname for creating instant classics. So to recap, in the last few weeks alone, we’ve gotten the announcement of Jon Favreau’s The Lion King, a live-action (and presumably white-washed) Mulan, and now we’re going to get Aladdin from that master of subtlety and romance, Guy Ritchie.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ritchie is close to signing a deal that will see him bring the 1992 animated hit back to the big screen for live-action glory. The tale of an Arab thief who finds a magic lamb and awakens the Genie inside to grant him three wishes that will help him win the heart of a princess made half-a-billion dollars for Disney back in 1992. Obviously, they’re hoping to do a bit better that that in 2016 dollars. Ritchie, meanwhile, is coming off a string of remakes: two Sherlock Holmes movies, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and next summer’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.
As for Aladdin, THR is calling it an “ambitious and non-traditional” remake that will keep some of the popular musical numbers from the animated film. As for the character of the Genie, who was voiced by the late-Robin Williams and is still one of his most beloved performances, he will be brought to life likely by using some kind of motion-captured performance. Nothing is set in stone yet, Ritchie has not officially come aboard the project, and no release date has been set, but Disney will likely want to get moving on this sooner rather than later. Frequent Tim Burton collaborator John August is presently writing the script.
We’ll have more news on this project as it develops.
Source: Movie Web