Disney has been on a roll lately with the continuing saga of live-action movies adapted from some of our favorite childhood movies. With Beauty and the Beast, The Jungle Book, and Mulan already in the works, Disney has already set it’s eyes on another childhood classic to make into live-action, Aladdin.
Disney announced that it will be doing a live-action movie for Aladdin but with a different twist on it, according to People. Instead of seeing the classic 1992 film that is near and dear to our Aladdin loving hearts, the movie will be a prequel telling the story that lead up to the original Aladdin movie. The story will tell us how the genie, one of Aladdin’s best friends, ended up enslaved in the lamp, and is being labeled as a comedy adventure.
Disney has found great success going into live-action and reworking some of their classic Disney movies. Alice in Wonderland broke the $1 billion mark in boxes offices in 2010, according to The Guardian, while Maleficent did $758 million and Cinderella broke $500 million in April.
If you recall, Aladdin and the Magic Lamp is a folk tale in the collection One Thousand and One Nights. Aladdin tells the story of a young street thug who retrieves a magical lamp, and the genie inside of it, from a cave of wonders and embarks on a crazy romance and adventure.
Disney hopes that the Aladdin spin off, titled Genies, will develop into a franchise and pave way into more live-action Aladdin movies, eventually going into the original Aladdin movie that we know. The Aladdin script will be written by Damian Shannon and Mark Swift with Tripp Vinson set to produce it through Vinson Films. Vinson Films is also set to help develop another live-action movie for Disney, Prince Charming.
A release date has not be announced for the Aladdin prequel. Disney has also not announced who will star in the Aladdin live-action movie and if it will pay homage to Robin Williams who original voiced the genie in the Disney Aladdin movie.
Disney is set to release The Jungle Book on April 15, 2016, while Beauty and the Beast will hit theaters March 17, 2017. Other live-action Disney movies in the making include, Dumbo, Winnie the Pooh, Pinnocho, Alice Through the Looking Glass, and Tink.
If Disney holds true to the way they have been doing live-action in the past then the Aladdin prequel will be nothing but amazing and another hit for Disney.
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